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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2024: Innovation Pathways Implementation and Support Grant

Fund Code: 0419


The purpose of this targeted grant is to provide designated Innovation Career Pathways with resources to support program implementation.


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


Eligible applicants will be districts who received Innovation Career Pathway Designation from DESE in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 .

Funding Type:

State 7027-0020


A total amount of $4,675,000 is available to eligible applicants .

This grant will prioritize at least 25% of available funds available for schools and districts in chronically underperforming status. If applications are not received from schools in status, funds will be distributed to other applicants.

This RFP is the governing document for these grant funds.

Funding is contingent upon availability. Eligible organizations can apply for up to the amount listed here. 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 be used to support designated Innovation Pathway's adherence to the five guiding principles . Allowable funding expenses include:

  • Program administration and coordination;
  • Stipends for K–12 and higher education faculty;
  • Curricular development;
  • Engagement with MassHire boards and 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;
  • Industry recognized credentials;
  • Expenses associated with student participation in dual-enrollment courses.

Computer hardware, (e.g. laptops) and student stipends may not be funded by this grant. This grant cannot be applied towards the secondary school's capital expenses.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval* – 6/30/2024

* Grant start date cannot be prior to DESE receiving a substantially approvable Application Submission as directed in this RFP's Submission Instructions. Goods and Services cannot be procured prior to Grants receiving and approving an application submission. Funds cannot exceed the project duration end date.

Program Unit:

College, Career, and Technical Education


Jennifer Gwatkin

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3954

Date Due:

Friday July 14, 2023

Submission Instructions:

The FY24 0419 Innovation Career Pathways Implementation and Support Grant will be submitted in our new GEM$ system. GEM$ is a cloud-based fiscal and program management grant system that will be taking the place of EdGrants.

Grants for Education Management System (GEM$)

Last Updated: June 13, 2023

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