Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2021: Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) Secondary Allocation Grant

Fund Code: 400


The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 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 goal of Massachusetts' public K-12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. Our five core strategies to accelerate the pace of school improvement are:

  1. Strengthening standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  2. Promoting educator development
  3. Supporting social-emotional learning, health, and safety
  4. Turning around the state's lowest performing districts and schools
  5. Enhancing resource allocation and data use

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support DESE's standards and priorities.

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 Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act P.L. 115-224 (Perkins V)


The priority is to close the achievement gap on the Perkins core indicators of performance Download Word Document for populations who are chronically unemployed or underemployed, including special populations.


A district or collaborative is eligible to receive funds based on criteria established by the United States Department of Education (USED). Districts must offer Career Technical Education programs that comply with the various elements of Perkins V. In addition, districts must develop a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment. Grants are awarded to local school districts after the state reviews and approves a district's grant application.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.048A


FY2021 FC 400 Perkins V Allocations

Fund Use:

Allocation funds must be used in accordance with Perkins V. Funds shall supplement and not supplant non-Federal funds.

Project Duration:

Upon approval through 08/31/2021

Program Unit:

Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning


Phone Number:

(781) 338-6230

Date Due:

Monday, September 28, 2020

Grant applications are reviewed in the order they are received. A 9/28/2020 deadline has been established for submission of the grant application. In order to be reasonably assured that funds will be available for the beginning of the school year, the application should be submitted no later than Friday, August 28, 2019.

Required Forms:
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FY21 Consolidated Perkins Grant Application workbook
  • Signature Page — Standard Contract Form (Tab 1 of Perkins Consolidated Application Workbook) with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director. Note: Please sign and date the cover page and ensure the amount matches the amount budgeted. We cannot approve any grant without a signed, properly dated, uploaded signature page. Electronic signatures cannot be accepted.

  • Perkins FC 400 Budget must be entered both on the consolidated workbook tab as well as in EdGrants in the Budget Entry formlet. The budget tab in the workbook and the EdGrants budget should match.

  • Schedule A (if applicable)

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Schedule A Member Supplement

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FY21 Federal Grant Assurances — to be uploaded with the district's FY21 FC: 305 Title I submission in EdGrants. Signature Page (Page 1 only) completed and signed by the superintendent/Executive Director. If your district does not receive a Title I grant, contact your district's DESE grant liaison Download Excel Document or the federal grants programs office at for submission instructions. We cannot approve any federal entitlement grant without a signed, properly dated and uploaded Federal Grant Assurance signature page.


Applicants may only legally claim expenses to the grant starting from the date of final DESE approval. The start date for the grant is the date on which the district submits substantially approvable budget and information for the grant. Therefore, to expedite approval, it is essential to have district staff who can be reached in July and August to respond to questions, as needed.


Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants

In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:

FY21 FC400 Applicant LEA Code

In EdGrants, district staff assigned the role of "Front Office User" should enter the grant budget and attach the FY21 Perkins Consolidated Application Workbook, attach a PDF of the Signature Page with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director, a PDF of the signed FY21 Federal Grant Assurance Signature page, and any of the forms applicable to your FY21 submission. The completed FC 400 application workbook must be uploaded with your Perkins Secondary Budget in EdGrants.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.

Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit the grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.

Last Updated: July 16, 2020

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