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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2024: Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) Secondary Allocation Grant

Fund Code: 0400


The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and in so doing, to close all proficiency gaps.

The goal of Massachusetts' public K–12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. Our five core strategies to accelerate the pace of school improvement are:

  • Strengthening standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Promoting educator development
  • Supporting social-emotional learning, health, and safety
  • Turning around the state's lowest performing districts and schools Enhancing resource allocation and data use

Massachusetts Acceleration Roadmap
Additionally, Massachusetts has developed a tool to support acceleration of student learning. Schools and districts are encouraged to use the self-assessment resources in the Roadmap to identify key areas of focus and related action steps in their work accelerating learning, and then align their funding requests with these identified steps.

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support DESE's standards and priorities.

The purpose of this federal grant is to assist school districts in improving secondary-level programs that meet the definition of career and technical education as contained in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act P.L. 115-224 (Perkins V)


The priority is to close the achievement gap on the Perkins core indicators of performance for populations who are chronically unemployed or underemployed, including special populations.


A district or collaborative is eligible to receive funds based on criteria established by the United States Department of Education (USED). Districts must offer Career Technical Education programs that comply with the various elements of Perkins V. In addition, districts must develop a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment. Grants are awarded to local school districts after the state reviews and approves a district's grant application.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.048
Federal grant funds must adhere to:

  • UGG (2 CFR 200)
  • EDGAR As Applicable
  • EDGAR General Fiscal Administration 34 CFR Part 76

FY24 FC 0400 Perkins V Secondary Allocations — Approximately $13,508,654 is available.

This RFP is the governing document for these grant funds.

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

Fund Use:

Allocation funds must be used in accordance with Perkins V. Funds shall supplement and not supplant non-Federal funds.

Project Duration:

Upon approval* – 06/30/2024

*The grant start date cannot be prior to DESE receiving a substantially approvable application submission as directed in this RFP's Submission Instructions. Funds cannot exceed the project duration end date.

Program Unit:

Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning


Federal Grant Programs

Phone Number:

(781) 338-6230

Date Due:

Monday, September 25, 2023

Required Forms:

FY24 Federal Grant Assurances — The FY24 Federal Grant Assurances Signature Page (Page 1 only) completed and signed by the Superintendent/Executive Director and uploaded in GEM$ in the LEA Document Library under Assurances, in folder Federal Entitlement Grant Assurances. We cannot approve any federal entitlement grant without a signed, properly dated and uploaded Federal Grant Assurance signature page.

Additional Information:

Resource Guide on Required Use of Funds — The Six Categories of Required Use of Funds (Section 135(b)) and Examples of How They Can Be Met

Resource Guide — Allowable Costs for Strengthening Career and Technical Education Entitlement Grants

Quick Reference Guide — Perkins Secondary Quick Reference Guide on Allowable and Unallowable Costs

Quick Reference Guide — Perkins V Funding and High-Quality College and Career Pathways (HQCCP)

Massachusetts Perkins V Manual

Prenatal through Young Adulthood Family Engagement Framework in Massachusetts

GEM$ Submission Instructions:

The FY2024 Fund Code 0400 Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) Secondary Allocation Grant will be completed and submitted in our new Grants for Education Management System (GEM$). GEM$ is a cloud-based fiscal and program management grant system that will eventually phase out the use of EdGrants.

Note: Grant submission requires applicants to have their LEA/Organization user roles established in GEM$ for this grant. Please see all training videos and slides, at Grants for Education Management System Home.

Last Updated: June 30, 2023

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