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U.S. Department of Education: Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program

Deadline: June 14, 2019

The Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program seeks to identify, support, and rigorously evaluate evidence-based and innovative strategies and activities to improve and modernize Career and Technical Education (CTE) and ensure workforce skills taught in CTE programs funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, align with labor market needs. The intent of the Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program is to test new ideas that can help better prepare students for success in the workforce.

This opportunity includes one absolute priority, three competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority:

Absolute Priority: Plan for Evidence-Based Field-Initiated Innovations. To meet this priority, applicants must submit a plan to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to modernize and improve effectiveness and alignment of CTE with labor market needs and to improve student outcomes in CTE. The plan must include the following information:

  1. A description of how the proposed project will carry out one or more of the allowable activities and how the proposed project is designed to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to modernize and improve effectiveness and alignment of CTE with labor market needs and to improve student outcomes in CTE
  2. A detailed description of the key goals, the activities to be undertaken, including the Independent Evaluation, the rationale for selecting those activities, the timeline, and the parties responsible for implementing the activities
  3. A description of how the proposed project demonstrates a rationale, including the corresponding logic model

Competitive Preference Priority 1 – Promoting STEM Education and Computer Science Education. Projects designed to improve student achievement or other education outcomes in one or more of the following areas: science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science. An applicant must address Competitive Preference Priority 1(a) or both Competitive Preference Priority 1(a) and Competitive Preference Priority 1(b):

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1(a)— Promoting STEM education. Projects designed to improve student achievement or other education outcomes in one or more of the following areas: science, technology, engineering, and math. These projects must address one or more of the following priority areas: (a) Increasing access to STEM coursework and hands-on learning opportunities, such as through expanded course offerings, dual-enrollment, high-quality online coursework, or other innovative delivery mechanisms; (b) Creating or expanding partnerships between schools, local educational agencies (LEAs), State educational agencies (SEAs), businesses, not-for-profit organizations, or Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to give students access to internships, apprenticeships, or other Work-Based Learning (WBL) experiences in STEM fields; or (c) Supporting programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials or skills that align to the skill needs of industries in the State or regional economy for careers in STEM fields.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 1(b) – Promoting computer science education. Projects designed to improve student achievement or other education outcomes in computer science. These projects must address one or more of the following priority areas: (a) Increasing access to computer science coursework and hands-on computer science learning opportunities, such as through expanded course offerings, dual-enrollment, high-quality online coursework, or other innovative delivery mechanisms; (b) Creating or expanding partnerships between schools, LEAs, SEAs, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, or IHEs to give students access to computer science internships, apprenticeships, or other WBL experiences in computer science fields; or (c) Supporting programs that lead to computer science recognized postsecondary credentials or skills that align with the skill needs of industries in the State or regional economy for careers in computer science.

Competitive Preference Priority 2 – Serving Students from Low-Income Families. Projects designed to predominantly serve students from low-income families. To meet this priority, applicants must submit a plan in which the students the applicant proposes to serve are predominantly from low-income families. The plan must include:

  • The specific activities the applicant proposes to ensure that the project will predominantly serve students from low-income families
  • The rationale for how the proposed activities will result in projects in which the students to be served are predominantly students from low-income families
  • The timeline for implementing the activities
  • The parties responsible for implementing the activities
  • The key data sources and measures demonstrating that the project is designed to predominantly serve students from low-income families

Competitive Preference Priority 3— Serving Students in Qualified Opportunity Zones. Projects designed to promote economic mobility by serving students residing or attending CTE programs in qualified opportunity zones. To meet this priority, each eligible applicant must:

  • Submit documentation that identifies at least one designated qualified opportunity zone by census tract number, as well as by the county and State
  • Describe how the project will promote economic mobility by serving students who reside, or who will attend CTE programs, in the designated qualified opportunity zone(s) identified

Invitational Priority: Spurring Investment in CTE from Qualified Opportunity Funds. Under this priority, an applicant must provide evidence that it has received or will receive financial assistance from a qualified opportunity fund under the Internal Revenue Code for a purpose directly related to its proposed project, especially for property including needed equipment and technology. In addressing this priority, an applicant must identify the qualified opportunity fund from which it has received or will receive financial assistance. Note: Financial assistance from a qualified opportunity fund could allow an eligible applicant to meet the cost sharing or matching requirement in whole or in part.

Amount: Approximately $2,800,000 is available to make up to six awards ranging from $400,000-$500,000 for a period of 36 months.

Applicants must, through cash or in-kind contributions, provide matching funds from non-Federal sources in an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the funds provided.

Eligibility: Entities that may apply are detailed below:

Eligible entities:

  • Representatives of not less than two of the following categories of entities, one of which shall serve as the fiscal agent for the consortium: (1) An LEA or a consortium of such agencies; (2) An educational service agency serving secondary school students; (3) An area CTE school or a consortium of such schools; (4) An Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or Tribal educational agency; (5) An IHE whose most common degree awarded is an associate degree, or a consortium of such institutions; (6) An IHE whose most common degree awarded is a bachelor’s or higher degree, or a consortium of such institutions; (7) An SEA.
  • One or more business or industry representative partners, which may include representatives of local or regional businesses or industries, including industry or sector partnerships in the local area, local workforce development boards, or labor organizations.
  • One or more stakeholders, which may include (1) Parents and students; (2) Representatives of local agencies serving out-of-school youth, homeless children and youth, and at-risk youth; (3) Representatives of Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, where applicable; (4) Representatives of minority-serving institutions, where applicable; (5) Representatives of Special Populations; (6) Representatives of adult CTE providers; or (7) Other relevant community stakeholders.

Eligible institutions:

  • A public or nonprofit private IHE that offers and will use funds provided under this title in support of CTE courses that lead to technical skill proficiency or a recognized postsecondary credential, including an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or an associate degree
  • An LEA providing education at the postsecondary level
  • An area CTE school providing education at the postsecondary level
  • An Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or Tribal education agency that operates a school or may be present in the State
  • A postsecondary educational institution controlled by the Bureau of Indian Education or operated by or on behalf of any Indian Tribe that is eligible to contract with the Secretary of the Interior for the administration of programs under the Indian Self-Determination and Education
  • Assistance Act or the Act of April 16, 1934
  • A Tribally controlled college or university
  • An educational service agency
  • A consortium of two or more of the entities described above

Eligible recipients:

  • An LEA (including a public charter school that operates as an LEA), an area CTE school, an educational service agency, an Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or Tribal educational agency or a consortium
  • An eligible institution or consortium of eligible institutions

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314923

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