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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Vocational Technical Education Chapter 74 State-Approved Exploratory Project
Fund Code: 413

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 the Chapter 74 State-Approved Exploratory Project grant is to create a draft Vocational Technical Education Framework for Chapter 74 state-approved Exploratory Programs. The goal is to create a draft VTE Framework based on the Vocational Technical Education Regulations 603 CMR 4.03(4)(e) and focus attention on:
  1. Current statewide college and career readiness initiatives;
  2. Student personal and physical safety, equity and access to all aspects of programs/industry for students; and
  3. Incorporating the national Career Development Education Benchmarks (CDE's) and MASCA standards.
The team will also identify best practice models across the state. The Exploratory Framework Team members will be selected by the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) from the applicant pool from CVTE Spring/Summer Initiatives Applications. The team will work under the direction of assigned staff from the CVTE and the Project Administrator, to be determined by CVTE.
Priorities: Funding priorities will be for projects that demonstrate:
  1. Creation of a statewide draft Exploratory Framework;
  2. Effective and adequate coordination of team and resources. Specifically addressing college and career readiness national and state initiatives and the national Career Development Education Benchmarks;
  3. Appropriate use of funds; and
  4. Project Administrator(s) responsibilities include: budget, awarding content PDPs to participants, regular and consistent monitoring of teams to support project goals. Project Administrator(s) will meet with CVTE staff to discuss project progress.
Eligibility: Districts with a Chapter 74 state-approved Vocational Technical Education Exploratory Program.
Funding: Total funds available through this grant are $30,000. Eligible districts will submit a proposal for the full funding amount. Funding is from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV). Award based on availability of Perkins funding.
Fund Use: Funds must be used in accordance with this RFP, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-270, and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual.

The project parameters include the development of a draft framework, to be vetted by the vocational technical education community during the 2013 - 2014 school year.

Allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: (1) stipends for team participants for the development of the draft Vocational Technical Education Exploratory Framework; (2) project materials; (3) stipends for Project Administrator and clerical support; and (4) travel.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 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: Friday, July 12, 2013
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Submission Instructions Submit three (3) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

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


It is recommended that if the proposal is hand delivered, a time stamped receipt be obtained.


Last Updated: June 21, 2013
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