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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Perkins IV Correctional Institutions 2013-2014
Fund Code: 452

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 competitive grant is to assist correctional agencies in improving career and technical education programs that meet the general definition of career and technical education contained in the federal Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L.109-270 (Perkins IV).
Priorities: The priority is to improve career and technical education programs by providing professional development for teachers in the programs.
Eligibility: State and county correctional agencies, including the Department of Youth Services, are eligible to respond to this Request for Proposals.
Funding: Each correctional agency may apply for one grant of up to $15,000 per correctional facility to improve one or more career and technical education program(s) within the facility. The total amount available statewide is $ 173,239. The distinction between the term agency and facility is contained in Part III - Required Program Information. Perkins IV is the funding source.
Fund Use: Funds must be requested for professional development. Funds may be requested for activities, services, and non-consumable instructional supplies that will improve career and technical education programs. Funds shall not be requested to support teacher salaries and benefits. Funds shall not be requested to supplant state or local funds. Fund use must not conflict with Perkins IV and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual posted at The Perkins Act webpage.
Project Duration: 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014
Program Unit: Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact: Gary Gomes ggomes@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3851
Due Date: Friday, August 9, 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: Including: Proposal Form - which includes Appendix A (Perkins Checklist), and Budget Narrative
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Budget Narrative
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Template for proposal
Additional Information: Proposals will be rated based on the extent to which program(s) meets the definition of career and technical education, the professional development activities, the extent to which funds can improve programs, that programs are of sufficient size, scope, and quality, and that funds sought are reasonable, supplementing, not supplanting, existing resources. Bidders who submit proposals for multiple sites must submit each site proposal in a separate envelope.
Submission Instructions: Submit four (4) sets of the Required Forms. Part I must bear an original signature of the Chief Executive.

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 23, 2013
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