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Grants to Delaware Schools to Improve and
Establish Career and Technical Education Programs

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Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) - Career and Technical Education (CTE) and STEM Office

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10/11/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to Delaware schools to establish or improve career and technical education programs. This grant program is open to designated schools located in rural areas or schools that have a high number of career and technical education students.

The purpose of this program is to develop more fully the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in CTE programs of study, by:

  • Building on the efforts of states and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards;
  • Assisting students in meeting standards, including preparation for high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
  • Promoting leadership, initial preparation, and professional development;
  • Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction;
  • Supporting partnerships among secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, and business and industry;
  • Linking secondary schools and two-year post-secondary institutions, four-year institutions of higher education, through non-duplicative sequences of courses in a career field, the use of articulation agreements, dual enrollment, and career pathways;
  • Building student competence in math, science, reading, writing, communications, and career courses (please note that no remedial courses are accepted);
  • Increasing state and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve Career and Technical Education, including career pathways;
  • Conducting and disseminating national research and information on best practices that improve Career and Technical Education programs, services and activities; and
  • Providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training opportunities, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the U.S. competitive. 

Priorities are aligned with Section 112 & 131 of the Act and the Delaware State Plan for CTE, which includes:

Priority 1: Support the implementation of Delaware state-model CTE Programs of Study (POS).

Priority 2: Support for Student Equity and Achievement in College and Career Coursework.

Priority 3: Prepare students for career success and support CTE instructors, administrators, and counselors.

Information about priorities and eligible program types may be found at

Eligible expenses may be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182229

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Number of Grants:

There is no minimum or maximum number of grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Priority 1: Support the implementation of new Delaware state-model CTE Programs of Study (POS): For all grants in this category, the upper limit for each grant award is $10,000.
- Animal Science & Mgmt, Computer Science, Digital Communications, Fashion and Apparel, Geospatial Science and Technology, Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt., Marketing Today, Natural Resource Mgmt, Plant Science.

Priority 2: Support for Student Equity and Achievement in College and Career Coursework:
- Racial/Ethnicity and/or Economically Disadvantaged Youth Sub-Grant: The upper limit for each grant is $10,000.
- PIPEline to Career Success for Students with Disabilities Sub-Grant: The upper limit for each grant award is $10,000.
- Non‐Traditional Gender Sub‐Grant: The upper limit for each grant award is $5,000

Priority 3: Prepare students for career success and support CTE instructors, administrators, and counselors.
- Build capacity to administer industry recognized certifications/licensures: The upper limit for each grant award is $10,000.
- Expand work-based learning activities for CTE students as part of a cohort of local education agencies (LEAs): The upper limit for each grant award is $10,000.
- Expand work-based learning activities through participation in the employability skills badging pilot: The upper limit for each grant award is $5,000.
- Address student remediation and support postsecondary transition: The upper limit for each grant award is $5,000.
- Provide academic and career counseling services to CTE students: The upper limit for each grant award is $5,000.
- Support professional learning activities that relate to a CTE program of study: The upper limit for each grant award is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Budget Period: November 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020, unless otherwise noted on the Notice of Grant Award. No extensions will be given.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The specifications for this RFA are based on Perkins V [Section 112] for Career and Technical Education activities described in [Section 131]. For the list of eligible recipients please see Attachment F – only recipients covered by Section 112 & 131 of the Act and meet one of the following criteria are eligible to receive funding:
- Rural areas;
- Areas with high percentages of CTE concentrators or participants;
- Areas with high numbers of CTE concentrators or participants; and
- Areas with disparities or gaps in performance under the Act.

Eligible schools listed in Attachment F are:
- Caesar Rodney
- Capital
- Early College HS at DSU
- First State Military
- Lake Forest
- Polytech
- Positive Outcomes Charter
- Smyrna
- Appoquinimink
- Brandywine
- Christina
- Colonial
- Freire Charter School
- MOT Charter
- NCCounty Votech
- Newark Charter
- Red Clay (including Charter School of Wilm and DE Military Academy)
- Cape Henlopen
- Delmar
- Indian River
- Laurel
- Milford
- Seaford
- Sussex Academy Charter
- Sussex Tech
- Woodbridge

Non-Permissive Uses of Funds may be found at

Pre-Application Information:

- Public Notice: August 19, 2019
- Deadline for Questions: September 20, 2019
- Answers to Questions Posted Date: September 27, 2019
- Deadline for Receipt of Applications Date: October 11, 2019, by 4:00pm EST
- Estimated Notification of Award: November 2019

The DDOE will allow written requests for clarification of the RFA. All questions should be submitted to Bart Gill by September 20, 2019.

There is no limit to the number of applications that an eligible recipient may submit. However the eligible recipient must rank each grant application in order of funding priority. All grants are competitive and final approval of awards will be determined by the DDOE. DDOE reserves the right to take into consideration geographic distribution, demonstrated readiness of the recipient and plan(s) for sustainability, as well as the recipient’s rank of each grant application when making decisions about final grant awards.

To access the Innovation application, a user must have access to the Identity Management System (IMS). Assistance with requesting IMS or the eGrants application component can be provided through the local education agency’s (LEA’s) Information Security Officer (ISO). Once a user has access to IMS, if the eGrants icon is not displayed, click on the Request Application link to be approved access. This is an overnight process.

Contact Information:

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

To complete the application, log in to eGrants via IMS:

Dr. Bart Gill
AgriScience Education Associate
CTE and STEM Office

Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #256
Dover, DE 19901‐3639

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