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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Perkins Secondary Allocation Grant 2013-2014
Fund Code: 400

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and in so doing, to close all proficiency gaps. The state's grant programs serve to strengthen school and district capacity by supporting implementation of ESE's District Standards and Indicators and the state's high priority strategies for increasing student performance.

The five key priorities that ESE has identified for increasing student performance statewide include: preparing students for college and career; strengthening curriculum and instruction; strengthening educator effectiveness; supporting data use to improve policy decisions and student achievement; and turning around our lowest performing schools. The Perkins grant program is intended to support all five (where applicable) by continuously improving career/vocational technical education in Massachusetts.

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support ESE's standards and priorities. In particular, the Perkins grant program may support implementation of the following standards: Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment, Professional Development, and Student Support.

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant is to assist school districts in improving secondary-level programs that meet the definition of career and technical education as contained in the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L.109-270 (Perkins IV).
Priorities: The priority is to close the achievement gap for special populations on the Perkins IV core indicators of performance as set forth in Perkins IV at The Perkins Act webpage.
Eligibility: Information on eligibility is contained in the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual at The Perkins Act webpage. If applicable, the following requests should be made in writing by Friday, July 12, 2013 to the State Director, Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906:
  • request to submit a local plan and grant application for the first time under Perkins IV;
  • request for a waiver of the minimum dollar amount;
  • request to form or join a consortium; and
  • request to transfer allocation.
Funding: Districts will receive notice from the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education of their secondary allocations when the amounts are calculated. Perkins IV is the funding source.
Fund Use: Perkins IV allocation funds must be used to improve career and technical education programs in accordance with Perkins IV and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual. A portion of allocation funds must be used for activities and services aimed at closing the achievement gap, and to provide professional development. Funds shall supplement, and shall not supplant, non-federal funds.
Project Duration: 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014
Program Unit: Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact: Margie Roberts mroberts@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3951
Date Due: A rolling submission period has been established for submission of the Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants. In order to be reasonably assured that funds will be available by the beginning of the school year, the Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants should be submitted by Friday, July 19, 2013.
Required Forms: Download MS EXCEL file  Perkins Secondary Allocation Grant 2013-2014 Budget Workbook
  1. Cover - (Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Budget Detail Pages
  3. Part III-A Equity and Access
  4. Amendment Form (AM 1)
  5. Schedule A (if applicable)
  6. Note Pages
Additional Information:
  1. View HTML Page  Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
  2. View External Link  Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
  3. View HTML Page  Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Instructions for Completing and Submitting the Perkins Secondary Allocation Grant 2013-2014 Budget Workbook
  5. View HTML Page  Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual
  6. View HTML Page  Perkins IV
Standard Contract Forms and Applications for Program Grants submitted or approved after September 1, 2013 can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final Department approval. Therefore, it is important to have school district staff that can be reached during July and August to respond to questions, as needed.
Submission Instructions: Instructions for the Perkins Secondary Allocation Grant 2013-2014 Budget Workbook:

Submission instructions are contained in the Instructions for Completing and Submitting the Perkins Secondary Allocation Grant 2013-2014 Budget Workbook.

Instructions original Cover Page - (Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants):

Submit two (2) original Cover Pages (Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants), each with an original signature of the Superintendent.

Mail to:

Margie Roberts
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: July 11, 2013
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