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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2020: Career and Technical Education Partnership Implementation Grant

Fund Codes: 406/412


The purpose of this competitive Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Implementation Grant is to support regional and local partnerships to expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities, primarily through more effective use and integration of existing capacity and resources. Eligible students include secondary and other students served under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, P.L. 109-270. Services provided are to supplement currently funded local, state, and federal programs.


Priority will be given to applicants that:

  • Provide students access to Chapter 74 level programming at vocational technical education districts serving Gateway Cities* where access to admittance into the regional vocational technical high school that serves that Gateway City is limited by oversubscription relative to capacity.

  • Establish and implement program models and action plans that will increase student seats and access to Career Technical Education (CTE) training for jobs that are in demand and aligned with current labor market data.

  • Demonstrate current and future active collaboration with secondary and postsecondary as well as industry and workforce development partners.

  • Convene regional/local partners to expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities.

  • Leverage the use of existing resources among the participating partners, in order to maximize capacity, impact, and sustainability.

  • Serve traditionally underserved populations.

  • Provide students with a sequence of courses that will lead to technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, and/or an associate's degree.

  • Propose a concrete strategy for sustainability as an educational option for students upon conclusion of the Implementation grant.


Only recipients of FY2020 Perkins Phase 1 Career and Technical Education Partnership Planning Grants (Fund Code 405) are eligible to apply for funding for a Phase 2 Career and Technical Education Partnership Implementation Grant. Those recipients are:

  • Assabet Valley RVTSD
  • Barnstable Public Schools
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Lynn Public Schools
  • Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical SD
  • Greater Lawrence RVTSD
  • Greater Lowell RVTSD
  • Greater New Bedford RVTSD
  • Hopkinton Public Schools
  • Northeast Metropolitan RVTSD
  • Southeastern RVTSD
  • Southern Worcester County RVTSD
  • Taunton Public Schools
  • Whittier RVTSD
  • Worcester Public Schools

Application Requirements:

The Lead Applicant must submit the application through a submission portal at 2019 CTE Partnership Grants. The application consists of online responses and uploads of specific documents listed below. Additional attachments are permitted but will not factor into final scoring.

Funding Type:

Fund Code 406: Federal CFDA: 84.048 Fund Code 412: State


Eligible applicants may apply for funds ranging up to $100,000 for one (1) implementation grant. DESE anticipates that the total amount available for implementation grants will be up to $1,300,000, contingent on funding availability and proposal quality. Maximum individual award amounts for implementation grants will be $100,000. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, P.L. 109-270 and the state-funded Career and Technical Education Program (FY20 appropriation 7035-0001) are the funding source for these grants. Grantees must spend Perkins funds in accordance with Perkins Guidelines. For allowable uses of Perkins funds, please refer to the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual.

Please note that only recipients of FY2019 FC405 Career and Technical Education Partnership Planning Grant funds are eligible for this grant funding.

Fund Use:

Grant funds must be used to implement programs/activities/initiatives that will increase student seats and student access to CTE pathways/programs, particularly for underserved populations and student residing in Gateway Cities where the regional vocational technical high school serving that Gateway City is oversubscribed. All implementation activities must be appropriate and consistent with all applicable state and federal requirements.

Funds may be used for:

  1. Staffing costs necessary to implement the proposed program/activity;

  2. Consultant and contract fees necessary to implement the proposed program/activity;

  3. Supplies and equipment necessary to implement the program; and

  4. Other costs that are negotiated with the Department.

Grantees may not use funds to supplant local resources.

Final Report:

Recipients of implementation funds will be required to submit a final report on or before September 30, 2020, via the online application submission portal. The final report must include:

  • A summary of implementation outcomes, including the number of seats added; expected long-term program outcomes; and potential for replication;

  • Challenges encountered during the implementation phase;

  • Any plans to institutionalize, continue or scale up the program or project;

  • A description of the how the implementation grant addressed the eight (8) priorities identified in this Request for Proposals;

  • What support/resources might be necessary to replicate or expand these programs/activities; and

  • How the grantee used the funds.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval (no earlier than October 1, 2019) – June 30, 2020. Applicants that plan to provide services in July and August 2020 may request an alternate end date of August 31, 2020.

All funds must be obligated and activities completed by June 30, 2020 or August 31, 2020 respectively, with a final report completed and submitted via the submission portal by July 31, 2020 or September 30, 2020 respectively.

Program Unit:

Office for College, Career, and Technical Education

Larry DeSalvatore
Phone Number:

(781) 338-3953

Date Due:

Completed grant proposals must be submitted to the Department via an online submission portal by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019.

Required Forms:

As Part of the online submission, applicants will upload the following forms:

Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)

Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages)

Download Word Document
Schedule C — Statement of Participation and Support (see Additional Information below)

Signed letters of commitment from all partners

Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information is embedded in the online submission form.

Additional Information:

Schedule C should be submitted only if any changes have occurred since the Perkins Fund Code 405 Career and Technical Education Partnership Planning Grant submission. Partners must meet the same criteria established in the Planning Grant.

Submission Instructions:

Grant applications are submitted via an online submission portal.

Please note that this portal is the same one used for Planning Grant (FC405) submissions. Implementation Grant submissions are possible only signing in using the username and password initially established for your FC405 submission. Do not attempt to create a new user account to submit an Implementation grant application.

Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget, Part I and required documents in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

* The Massachusetts Legislature defines 26 Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, and Worcester.

Last Updated: September 3, 2019

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