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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Statewide Articulation Agreements between Chapter 74 state-approved Vocational Technical Education Programs & Community College Courses/Programs and or Bachelor's Degree Courses/Programs 2013-2014
Fund Code: 430

Purpose: 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.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-270 (Perkins IV) requires the establishment of linkage opportunities for students enrolled in vocational technical education programs with postsecondary institutions. ESE seeks to continue funding the partnership that created and implemented the structure for statewide articulation programs that was funded in 2011-2012.

This grant will result in the development of statewide articulation agreements as specified by the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The statewide articulation agreements must be between Chapter 74 state-approved vocational technical education programs and postsecondary community college courses/programs and/or four year bachelor's degree courses/programs.
Priorities: ESE seeks to develop additional statewide articulation agreements within seven career clusters, using the 2010 model developed for the state's first statewide articulation agreement for drafting.
Eligibility: The partnership that was funded for 2011-2012 is eligible to respond to this funding opportunity. The institution that served as lead agency in 2011-2012 shall serve as the lead agency for 2014.
Funding: One grant will be awarded for the maximum amount of $70,000. The grant may be renewable for additional fiscal years based upon performance and availability of funds. Perkins IV is the funding source.
Fund Use: Funds must be used to coordinate, manage, and finalize the development of these articulation agreements with input from the field. Funds may be requested for consultant fees, stipends, indirect costs, substitutes, web-site development, meetings, and travel. Funds shall supplement, and shall not supplant, non-federal funds.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2014
Program Unit: Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact: Lisa Sandler lsandler@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3910
Date Due: Friday, March 28, 2014

The Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants should be submitted by Friday, March 28, 2014.

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  Budget Narrative
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Submission Instructions: Submit three (3) original Part I - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants), each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:

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


Last Updated: March 14, 2014
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