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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Innovation Pathways Planning Grant

Fund Code: 418


The purpose of this competitive grant is to provide Innovation Pathway program resources to an eligible applicant who intends to seek Innovation Pathway designation from DESE in FY2022.


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

Supporting applicants in the preparation of their Innovation Pathway designation application materials.


Eligible applicants are any Massachusetts school district, charter school, or educational collaborative that plans to seek Innovation Pathways designation in 2021-2022. Applicants submitting an application for a planning grant agree to submit a Part A application to DESE in fall 2021. Preference may be given to an eligible applicant who has not received Innovation Pathway grants in the past.

Funding Type:



A total amount of $600,000 is available to eligible applicants.

An eligible applicant may submit only one application for a maximum award of $30,000.

$25,000 is available for support to prepare Part A of the Innovation Pathways Designation application.

An additional $5,000 of funding may be requested if an applicant is planning for pathways in 2 or more of the eligible industry sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Information; Environmental and Life Sciences; Health Care and Social Assistance; Business and Finance.

Note: $3,000 of the award must be used for staff participation in the College and Career Advising (MyCAP) Professional Development Series in SY2020-21, provided that the school has not competed the series in the past.

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:

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

Allowable funding expenses include:
Program administration and coordination; stipends for K12- and higher education faculty; curricular development; engagement with MassHire boards and industry; 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 planning grant.

Project Duration:

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

Program Unit:

Office for College, Career, and Technical Education


Jennifer A. Gwatkin

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3954

Date Due:

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:
Submission Instructions:

Grant applications must be submitted via email to and received by the Department by 5:00 p.m on the date due.

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: April 28, 2021

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