Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Innovation Pathways

Fund Code: 417


The purpose of the targeted grant is to provide Innovation Pathway program implementation resources to an LEA who has achieved Innovation Pathway designation from DESE in Spring 2021.


Priorities for this grant include, but are not limited to:

Supporting designees in the execution of their approved designation plan such that the Innovation Pathway program meets all criteria requirements.


Eligible applicants are those who received Innovation Pathway Designation from DESE in Spring 2021. Preference may be given to an LEA who has not received Innovation Pathway Implementation Grants in the past.

Funding Type:



A total amount of $300,000 is available to eligible applicants.

An LEA may submit only one application. The maximum award is up to $30,000 for applicants awarded their first Innovation Pathways designation in Spring 2021. Applicants who have received Implementation Grant funding for pathways in the past are eligible for a maximum award of $15,000 to support the new pathway(s) designated in Spring 2021.

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available, it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

Fund Use:

Funding may be used to support designated Innovation Pathway's adherence to the five guiding principles .

Allowable funding expenses include:
Program administration and coordination; support staff; stipends for K-12 and higher education faculty; curricular development; engagement with industry; providing work-based learning opportunities for students; professional development; instructional related supplies and materials; high quality college and career advising and MyCAP development embedded in the pathway.
Computer hardware, (e.g. laptops) and student stipends may not be funded by this implementation grant.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval (no earlier than 7/1/2021) – 6/30/2022

Program Unit:

Office for College, Career, and Technical Education


Jennifer Gwatkin , Innovation Pathways Lead

Phone Number:


Date Due:

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Required Forms:
Submission Instructions:

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:
FY22 FC 417 Innovation Pathways Applicant Name

All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature and all required forms. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.

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 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: March 31, 2021

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