Funding Opportunities

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Each year under Perkins V, Congress appropriates roughly $1.1 billion in State formula grants and over $26 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 occasionally uses National Activity funds to award grants for specialized purposes.

Current Funding Opportunities

Notice Inviting Applications: Native American Career and Technical Education grant program (NACTEP)

Purpose of the Program: NACTEP provides grants to improve career and technical education (CTE) programs that are consistent with the purposes of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (the Act or Perkins V) and that benefit Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Eligible Applicants: The following entities are eligible to apply under this competition: (1) a federally recognized Indian Tribe, (2) a Tribal organization, (3) an Alaska Native entity, and (4) a Bureau-funded school, except for a Bureau-funded school proposing to use its award to support general education secondary school programs. Any Tribe, Tribal organization, Alaska Native entity, or eligible Bureau-funded school may apply individually or as part of a consortium with one or more eligible Tribes, Tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, or eligible Bureau-funded schools. (Eligible applicants seeking to apply for funds as a consortium must meet the requirements in 34 CFR 75.127-75.129, which apply to group applications.)

Application Due: January 29, 2021.

Notice Inviting Applications: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education-Career and Educational Pathways Exploration System Program

Purpose of the Program: The purpose of the Career Pathways Program funded through FIPSE is to develop technology-based or technology-enabled career exploration systems that enable high school students to identify and explore career opportunities that align with their interests, ambitions, and aptitudes; learn from individuals who work in those fields about the nature of their work and opportunities available in their fields; and identify education and training options—including non-college programs such as work-based learning opportunities, military training, apprenticeships, and employer-sponsored training—that enable entry into or advancement in those careers. Career and education pathways exploration systems must include, for featured occupations, information about employment outlook and likely entry and mid-career earnings in featured fields, and they must enable students to use built-in financial analysis tools to explore the economic impact of their career, education, and training choices.

Eligible Applicants: Public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies (other than IHEs) with expertise in workforce development or career counseling, alone or in partnership with IHEs or other public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies (such as State workforce development boards, employers, trade associations, or labor unions).

Application Due: December 9, 2020.

QUICK LINKS

Notice Inviting Applications:
Native American Career and Technical Education grant program (NACTEP)
(Due January 29, 2021)

Notice Inviting Applications:
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education-Career and Educational Pathways Exploration System Program
(Due December 9, 2020)

OCTAE CONTACT

Robin Utz
Robin.Utz@ed.gov
(202) 245-7767

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