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Perkins Innovation Competitive Grants

NOTE: Due to a number of factors, the Perkins Innovation Competitive (PIC) Grant will not be made available for the coming fiscal year (FY 2012-2013).

The Perkins Innovation Grant is to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) in building their capacity to implement the Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Model and improve career technical education as a part of their career education programs. Questions should be directed to Matt Hastings at 402-471-3104, e-mail matt.hastings@nebraska.gov

Perkins Innovation Competitive Grant Winners

For a list of past and present Perkins Innovation Competitive Grant winners, please see the menu on the left.

Goal/Purpose

The purpose of this RFP is to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) in building their capacity to implement the Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Model and improve career technical education as a part of their career education programs.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients include the following:

  • Public school districts that offer approved CTE programs of study as a part of their career education programs and that participate in the Federal Perkins Grant program
  • Community colleges that offer career technical education programs and that participate in the Federal Perkins Grant program
  • Educational Service Units that manage a Perkins consortium
  • Consortia of public school districts, Educational Service Units and/or community colleges meeting the above mentioned criteria

Eligible recipients must meet one of the three required criteria listed below:

  • Serving Rural Area: For purposes of this RFP, "Rural" is defined as those eligible recipients located outside of the Omaha and Lincoln Metropolitan areas
  • Serving a high percentage of NCE students: For purposes of this RFP, "high percentage of NCE students" is defined as more than 50% of the student population non-duplicated count, (if a secondary school, grades 9-12 only) enrolled in one or more NCE courses per year.
  • Serving a high number of NCE students: For purposes of this RFP, "high number of NCE Students" is defined as 300 or more students non-duplicated count, enrolled in one or more NCE courses per year

Perkins Innovation Competitive Grant Funds Available

An eligible recipient may submit a maximum of one (1) proposal for which they serve as a fiscal agent. However, eligible recipients may participate in multiple proposals. Proposals must identify from which fund (either the "Formual Grant Supplementation Fund" OR the "Emerging Careers Innovation Fund") they choose to apply. Not all Perkins eligible recipients qualify for both funds. Carefully review the qualifications for each grant fund below:

Formula Grant Supplementation Fund

This grant is ONLY open to Perkins eligible recipients that have experienced a 5% or greater reduction in their formula calculation for Perkins basic grants during either or both of the past two years. This fund is designed to support innovation or special projects to implement rigorous programs of study, curriculum development and/or the implementation of the Nebraska Career Education Model. See the Supplementation Fund Eligibility Guide for more information, including a list of eligible schools. OR

Emerging Careers Innovation Fund

This grant is open to ALL Perkins eligible recipients for the purpose of promoting new and emerging career pathways including, but not limited to, "Green" careers. This fund is designed to support innovative projects including the development of rigorous programs of study, curriculum, best practices, career guidance and/or resources to prepare individuals for emerging careers vital for Nebraska's future economic growth and vitality. In addition to the two preceding grant funds, the Perkins Innovation Competitive Grant allows applicants to request funding for equipment as part of their grant proposal through the 21st Century Equipment Enhancement Option.

21st Century Equipment Enhancement Option

As a part of a Perkins Innovation Competitive grant proposal, additionally, eligible recipients may specifically request funding for the purpose of purchasing equipment that will increase industry-based career technical education experiences for students. Funding from the Equipment Enhancement Option is targeted specifically for industry grade equipment required to prepare individuals for new and emerging careers.

Special Requirements

1. The proposal must provide documentation of serving one or more of the following Perkins Target Areas:

  • Student Achievement
  • Secondary/Postsecondary Alignment
  • Alignment to Regional Economies and High-Skill, High-Wage and High-Demand jobs
  • Programs of Study, Curriculum Development
  • Innovative Delivery models and Equity of Access to Instruction
  • Professional Development
  • Special Populations
  • School Counseling and Career Guidance
  • Career Education and Academic Integration
  • Understanding All Aspects of Industry

2. The proposal must provide documentation of serving one or more of the following:

  • Rural areas
  • Areas with high percentages of career education students
  • Areas with high numbers of career education students

3. Approvable expenditures under this Perkins Innovation Competitive Grant are the same requirements as the Perkins Basic Grant unless otherwise stated in the fund description. See the Perkins Innovation Grant Submission Guide for more information and a listing of approvable and non-approvable expenditures.

4. A copy of curriculum, materials and/or implementation plans developed through this grant must be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education with the Final Report to be shared as a statewide model. Innovation Grant recipients may be asked to present at a future NCE professional development conference.

5. The proposal must provide a plan for sustainability beyond the grant year.

Final Report

The Final Report and Closeout requirements include:

  • The Final Report consisting of a detailed narrative of the procedures used and results of the project. For direction on completing the Final Report, see the Final Report template in the Perkins Innovation Competitive Grant Submission Guide.
  • A copy of the curriculum, materials and/or implementation plan(s) developed through this grant. The Final Report and Claim will not be processed until these items are submitted.

Fiscal Year for Utilization of Funds

Funds for the Perkins Innovation Competitive Grant program will be administered using the Grants Management System (GMS) with applications due on March 15, 2011. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 15, 2011. Funds will become available on July 1, 2011 and must be obligated or expended by June 30, 2012.

Allocation of Funds

Approximately $300,000 of Perkins Innovation Competitive Grant funds is available for this grant program in FY11.

  • Anticipated number of funded projects: 8 to 12
  • Anticipated range of grant size: $5,000 to $80,000
  • Anticipated average grant size: $25,000

Information regarding requests for reimbursement will be provided winning applicants following the selection process. The reimbursement claims can be made up to 7% of the grant total and the balance can be claimed upon filing of the Final Claim, Final Report, and copies of curriculum, materials, and/or implementation plan(s).

Application Timeframe

Applications are to be submitted electronically using GMS beginning on February 1, 2011 with applications due on March 15, 2011. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 15, 2011. Funds will become available on July 1, 2011 and must be obligated or expended by June 30, 2012.

Contacts

Questions should be directed to Matt Hastings at 402-471-3104, e-mail matt.hastings@nebraska.gov