Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2021: Educator Preparation for High School Students

Fund Code: 414-A


The purpose of this federally funded competitive Career/Vocational Technical education (CTE) Student Organization grant program is to help participating students prepare for success after high school in the field of education. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) permits funds to be used to support CTE Student Organization programs for the continuous improvement of Career/Vocational Technical education in Massachusetts.


The priorities for the grant include but are not limited to:

  • Providing a teacher preparation program geared towards secondary students.
  • Supporting the launch of at least 100 education internships starting in January through August of 2021
  • Addressing the diversity gap in education by preparing a future of diverse educators to be successful in the education field.
  • Forming a community of practice interns to include an orientation and monthly meetings on topics to prepare students for the education profession (classroom management, lesson planning, intellectual preparation for instruction, anti-bias instructional techniques, collaboration, learner engagement, and assessments).
  • Coordinate opportunities for networking
  • Curate resources for education interns
  • Work with districts and MassHire Workforce boards as needed
  • Closing the proficiency gap for underserved student populations.
    • Increasing the number of special needs students participating in the program, including students with disabilities; students with limited proficiency in English; students from economically disadvantaged families; students that are single parents and/or pregnant; and students pursuing careers that are nontraditional for their gender.
    • Increasing student outcomes on the Perkins V secondary-level core indicators of performance.

Eligible applicants must be designated as a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). These organizations serve students enrolled in career and technical education programs by engaging students in a variety of career development and leadership activities.

Eligible applicants must also have documented experience supporting high school students interested in education careers and supporting the development of clear pathways to increasing teacher diversity and quality.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.048


A total of approximately $60,000 will be available for this grant program. Grant awards will be determined by the number of students projected to participate in the program.

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available, it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.

Fund Use:

Applicants are advised to refer to the DESE Grants Management Procedural Manual, the Fund Use section of the RFP, and the Massachusetts Perkins V Manual.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval — 8/31/2021

Pending federal budget appropriation, continuation of funding will be available for a total grant period of up to 1 year to include FY2022.

Continuation of funding is contingent upon implementation of required grant activities and timely submission of required reporting and continuation of applications.

Program Unit:

Office of College, Career, and Technical Education


Kerry Akashian

Phone Number:

(978) 551-7070

Date Due:

Proposals must be received at the Department no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2020

Required 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 Details
Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Submission Instructions:

Submit all required grant materials via email to:

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

Last Updated: November 25, 2020

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