The purpose of this competitive Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Grant is to support regional and local partnerships to expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities, primarily through more effective use and integration of existing capacity and resources. Services provided are to supplement currently funded local, state, and federal programs.
Priority will be given to applicants that:
Eligible applicants include Districts, Charters, or Collaboratives. Please identify and indicate in the application which partner will serve as project lead for this initiative.
Partner agencies may include employers, school consortia, educational collaboratives, community colleges, other publicly funded educational institutions, workforce development boards, or community-based organizations that provide publicly funded educational services but cannot include private proprietary schools or private postsecondary institutions. Applicants must identify proposed partners in this planning grant.
Applicants may pursue funding to plan or to implement a CTE Partnership, but Implementation awards are not contingent on prior receipt of Planning Grant funding.
Please note that DESE will consider applications from previous recipients of CTE Partnership Planning and/or Implementation funding.
The Lead Applicant must submit the application through GEM$. Lead Applicants must be Districts, Charters, or Collaboratives.
Eligible applicants may apply for funds for one (1) planning grant and/or one (1) implementation grant. DESE anticipates that the total amount available will be up to $3,500,000, contingent on funding availability and proposal quality.
The state-funded Career Technical Education Program (FY24 appropriation 7035-0001) is the funding source for these grants.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available, it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in the RFP document.
Please Note: This competitive grant opportunity is not intended to fund Innovation Career Pathways. There are other funds dedicated for that initiative.
This grant opportunity is also not intended to fund the development of new Chapter 74 state-approved career technical education programs.
Grant funds must be used to plan or implement programs/activities/initiatives that will increase student seats and student access to CTE pathways/programs, particularly for underserved populations and students residing in Gateway Cities where the regional vocational technical high school serving that Gateway City is oversubscribed. All implementation activities must be appropriate and consistent with all applicable state and federal requirements.
Planning funds may be used for:
Implementation funds may be used for:
Grantees may not use funds to supplant local resources.
Recipients will be required to submit a final report in GEM$ on or before September 30, 2024. The final report must include:
All funds must be obligated, and activities completed, by June 30, 2024, with a final report completed by September 30, 2024.
Office for College, Career, and Technical Education
Applicants should choose one:
Option 1: Completed grant proposals must be submitted to the Department via GEM$ by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on June 15, 2023*.
Option 2: Completed grant proposals must be submitted to the Department via GEM$ by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on October 28, 2023*.
* All responses must be received by the due date and time listed in this RFP.
All responses must be submitted as directed in the Submissions Instructions section of this RFP. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Responses not submitted on time will not be reviewed. If you need assistance with submitting your application, please reach out to the contact person listed in this RFP.
Please Note: Grant Submission requires applicants to have their organization established in GEM$. Entities that do not have an organization in GEM$ must contact the DESE Program Unit issuing this grant at a minimum 5 business days prior to the due date for temporary organization access.
Failure to provide DESE with GEMS Request Form at least 5 business days prior to the due date may result in not meeting the submission due date listed above. DESE cannot accept or review applications after the due date.
Answers to any questions received will be posted to Chapter 74 Partnership Program ("After Dark").
The FY24 Fund Code 0412 Career and Technical Education Partnership Grant Application will be submitted in our new GEM$ system. GEM$ is a cloud-based fiscal and program management grant system that will eventually phase out the use of EdGrants.
Grants for Education Management System (GEM$)
*The Massachusetts Legislature defines 26 Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, and Worcester.
Last Updated: May 1, 2023
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