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FY2021: Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) in Correctional Institutions (Planning Grant)

Grants to Massachusetts Correctional Agencies
to Improve Employment Options for Offenders

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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Deadline Date:

01/15/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Massachusetts correctional agencies for programs to improve employment options for youth and adult offenders. Funding is intended to support the creation or improvement of career and technical education programs that prepare institutionalized individuals for in-demand, CORI-neutral career pathways with a sustainable living wage.

Funds must be used to support collaboration, planning, and/or research and the development of monthly deliverables (described in required information). These costs may include:

  • Stipends
  • Consultant fees and honorariums
  • Subscription costs for online video conferencing platforms (e.g., Zoom)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186755

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Approximately $80,000 in Perkins funding is available for one to eight planning grant awards ranging from approximately $5,000 to $15,000. Subject to federal appropriation, awards will be based on the quality of the programs proposed.

- Approximately $200,000 will be available in FY2022 to support one or more competitive implementation grants which can be renewed for another year based on satisfactory program performance. A minimum of 5% of the program budget (direct or optional match) must be used to provide professional development in the planning (e.g., technology platform training, curriculum development) and/or implementation of distance learning.

Term of Contract:

Project Duration: Upon Approval – 8/31/2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Massachusetts correctional institutions, or local area providers that can demonstrate past performance in the design and delivery of career and technical education programs for individuals in correctional institutions.

A correctional institution is: Any building, enclosure, space or structure used for the custody, control and rehabilitation of committed offenders and of such other persons as may be placed in custody therein in accordance with law. (Massachusetts definition per MADOC's Policy, Development & Compliance Unit)

Pre-proposal Conference:

A virtual bidders conference will be held on December 17, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If you wish to attend, please email KarenA.DeCoster@Mass.Gov for a conference link.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit all required documents by email to Karen DeCoster by 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2021.

All inquiries must be submitted by email to Karen DeCoster by December 23, 2020. All answers will be posted to the ACLS website.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit all required grant materials by email to:

Karen DeCoster

Email: KarenA.DeCoster@Mass.Gov

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USA: Massachusetts

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