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 Strengthening Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century Act , PL 115-224, commonly known as Perkins V. 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 degree.
Propose a concrete strategy for sustainability as an educational option for students upon conclusion of the Implementation grant.
Propose new or expanded partnerships.
Only recipients of FY2020 Perkins Career and Technical Education Partnership Planning Grants (Fund Code 405 and 405B) and/or FY2021 Perkins Career and Technical Education Partnership Planning Grants (Fund Code 405 and 405B ) are eligible to apply for funding for a Career and Technical Education Partnership Implementation Grant.
Please note that DESE will prioritize funding those recipients of FC405 and FC405B funding that have not yet received FC406/412 funding. However, we will consider applications from those that did receive FC406/412 funding, subject to the availability of FY2022 funds, if those applications expand access to additional Chapter 74 programs and/or to additional numbers of students from the same or different partnering school districts.
The Lead Applicant must submit the application through a submission portal.
The application consists of online responses and uploads of specific documents listed below. Additional attachments are permitted but will not factor into final scoring.
Fund Code 406: Federal CFDA: 84.048
Fund Code 412: State
Eligible applicants may apply for funds for one (1) Implementation grant, depending on the number of students served. DESE anticipates that the total amount available for Implementation grants will be up to $2,000,000, contingent on funding availability and proposal quality. Maximum Individual award amounts for implementation grants will be based on per pupil costs to operate proposed programs. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century Act, PL 115-224 (Perkins V) and the state-funded Career and Technical Education Program (FY22 appropriation 7035-0001) are the funding source for these grants. Grantees must spend Perkins V funds in accordance with Perkins Guidelines. For allowable uses of Perkins funds, please refer to the Perkins Postsecondary Quick Reference Guide on Allowable and Unallowable Costs and the Perkins Secondary Quick Reference Guide on Allowable and Unallowable Costs, available at Federal Grant Programs: Perkins webpage.
Please note that only FY2020 and FY2021 recipients of FC405 and FC405B Career and Technical Education Partnership Planning Grant funds are eligible for this grant funding.
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 the RFP document.
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:
Staffing costs necessary to implement the proposed program/activity;
Consultant and contract fees necessary to implement the proposed program/activity;
Supplies and equipment necessary to implement the program;
Transportation costs that are not otherwise reimbursed via the regional school transportation program (subject to Massachusetts legislative appropriation); and
Other costs that are negotiated with the Department.
Grantees may not use funds to supplant local resources.
Upon Approval (no earlier than July 1, 2021) – June 30, 2022. Applicants that plan to provide services in July and August 2022 may request an alternate end date of August 31, 2022.
All funds must be obligated and activities completed by June 30, 2022 or August 31, 2022 respectively, with a final report completed and submitted via the submission portals referenced elsewhere in this request for proposals by September 30, 2022.
Office for College, Career, and Technical Education
Completed grant proposals must be submitted to the Department via an online submission portal by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021.
As Part of the online submission, applicants will upload the following forms:
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages)
Schedule C — Statement of Participation and Support (see Additional Information below)
Signed letters of commitment from any partners not included in FC405/405B applications
Part III — Required Program Information is embedded in the online submission form.
Schedule C should be submitted only if any changes have occurred since the Perkins Fund Code 405 or 405B Career and Technical Education Partnership Planning Grant submission. Partners must meet the same criteria established in the Planning Grant.
Final Report Recipients of Implementation funds will be required to submit a final report on or before September 30, 2022, via the online application submission portals referenced elsewhere in this request for proposals. 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 implementation;
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.
Please note that this portal is the same one used for FY2021 Planning Grant (FC405 and FC405B) submissions. Recipients of FY2021 FC405 or 405B Planning Grants should sign in using the username and password initially established for your FC405 or FC405B submissions.
Recipients of FY2020 FC405 or 405B Planning Grants should sign in first time as a new user, complete a brief Profile, and then contact us at Lawrence.DeSalvatore@mass.gov for further assistance.
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: March 15, 2021
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