How to finance your CTE program

Career and technical education (CTE) programs provide students with relevant tools and skills that set them up for success in their lives and careers that are not typically part of a traditional academic program.

These programs offer something unique and, in many cases, tap into a student’s personal interests – even if they still provide a valuable learning experience. CTE programs have countless benefits for students, and funding is critical to implementing, sustaining, or enhancing your existing CTE programs. While there are many free resources available, having the funds to purchase basic equipment or upgrade to premium services can make a huge difference.

So where do you start when financing your CTE program? The most significant source of U.S. government funding for CTE comes from Strengthening Career and Technical Education for 21st Century Law, also known as the “Perkins V” or “Perkins CTE Grant.” This is a grant, which means you do not have to return it, but the application process is competitive, and you must meet the requirements as part of the grant.

Below is a brief overview of Perkins V and what you need to know to apply for Perkins V.

About Perkins V.
Perkins V is the largest federal investment in CTE. States apply to the Federal Department of Education under this Act, and the DOE allocates funds to those states. Each state distributes funds to school district and post-secondary institutions. As a CTE educator or decision maker, you can and should apply for a share of the Perkins V distribution in your state!

Application process and timeline for Perkins V.

Each state has its own unique application form, process and requirements for receiving Perkins V funds. Consult your state education department’s CTE office for deadlines, information, and application materials.

Here are some quick tips in the application process:

  1. Get ready to apply for Perkins V.

As states extend their deadlines, use this extra time to learn about grants and the application process. As much as you know about these requirements, you can build your application to show your readiness to meet them.

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