Each year under Perkins IV, Congress appropriates roughly $1.1 billion in State formula grants and about $25 million dollars in competitive discretionary grants specified in the law for the improvement of career and technical education programs across the nation. In addition, the Department occassionally uses National Activity funds to award grants for specialized purposes.
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The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) in the U.S. Department of Education has announced a new $3 million grant opportunity to support State efforts to expand and improve the transition of high school CTE students to postsecondary education and employment through apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including computer science, that begin during high school. The Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education Students notice inviting applications was published on May 18, 2018 and is available at the link below:
Application Deadline: Applications are due July 17, 2018.
The following Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act State Grant program eligible entities may apply under this competition:
Up to $3 million will be awarded for one 36-month project period. OCTAE expects to make approximately 5 awards in amounts ranging from $500,000 to $750,000 for one 36-month project period. The estimated average size of the awards is $600,000.
Grant funds may be used for a wide range of activities to carry out a comprehensive grant strategy that seeks to increase the number of CTE students who participate in competency-based apprenticeships while enrolled in high school, such as—
The Department hosted an online, informational session on June 5, 2018, to help interested applicants with the application process for the Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students grant opportunity.
Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP) provides roughly $2.7 million annually to community-based organizations primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians to plan, conduct, and administer career and technical programs for Native Hawaiian students.
On June 27, 2018, the Department of Education published the following:
The application submission closing date is July 27, 2018.
The Department will host a Pre-Application Teleconference on Friday, July 13, 2018, designed to help interested applicants with the NHCTEP Application Process.
Phone Number: 1-877-989-3754
Participant Access Code: 3675842
Visit the NHCTEP page for more information.
Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP) provides roughly $14.1 million annually to federally-recognized Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaskan Native entities, and eligible Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)- funded schools to provide career and technical education programs for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.
On February 5, 2018, the Department of Education published the following:
The application submission period closed on March 19, 2018.
The Department hosted an online, informational session on February 20, 2018, to help interested applicants with the NACTEP application process.
Visit the NACTEP page for more information.
Finding Federal Grants: Advancing Your Work in CTE (PPTX, 2.7 MB)