Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Innovation Pathways Support Grant

Fund Code: 419


The purpose of this grant is to provide designated Innovation Pathways with funds to support infrastructure that is not currently receiving Innovation Pathway implementation funding.


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

Priority will be given to districts and schools in chronically underperforming status.


Eligible applicants will be districts who received Innovation Pathway Designation from DESE in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

In order to be considered for funding, applicants must complete the intent to apply form by 5:00 PM on February 4, 2022. Submission of this form does not constitute an application for grant funding, which is due on Thursday, February 17, 2022 by 5:00 PM.

Funding Type:



Approximately $600,000 is available for schools and districts in chronically underperforming status.

An LEA may submit only one application. The maximum award is up to $30,000 for applicants that offer multiple pathways. Applicants that offer a single pathway are eligible for a maximum award of $15,000.

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:

Targeted funds from the state will help the designees address challenges associated with program implementation, as relates to work-based learning experiences and student attainment of industry recognized credentials. These funds can also be applied to expenses associated with student participation in dual-enrollment courses.

This grant cannot be applied towards the secondary school's capital expenses.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval – June 30, 2022

Program Unit:

College, Career, and Technical Education


Jennifer Gwatkin

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3954

Date Due:

Thursday, February 17, 2022 by 5:00 PM

Required Forms:
Additional Information:

In order to be considered for funding, applicants must complete the intent to apply form by 5:00 PM on February 4, 2022. Submission of this form does not constitute an application for grant funding.

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:


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 as well as Schedule A form, if applicable to your district. 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: January 20, 2022

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