Career and Technical Education -- Basic Grants to States


To develop more fully the academic knowledge and technical and employability skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs and programs of study.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2023 Made awards to 52 SEAs.
Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), Title I, Public Law -109-270, 20 U.S.C. 2321
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Department of Education makes formula grants to State boards for career and technical education or the agency responsible for overseeing career and technical education in States. Eligible recipients for formula subgrants to carry out secondary career and technical education programs include local educational agencies, area career and technical education schools, educational service agencies, Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, or Tribal educational agencies or a consortia, eligible to receive assistance under section 131 of Perkins V. Eligible recipients for formula subgrants to carry out postsecondary career and technical education programs consortia of 2 or more of the following: (1) a public or nonprofit private institution of higher education that offers and will use program funds to support of career and technical education courses that lead to technical skill proficiency or a recognized postsecondary credential, including an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or an associate degree; (2) a local educational agency providing education at the postsecondary level; (3) and area career and technical education school providing education at the postsecondary level; (4) an Indian Tribe, Tribal organizations, or Tribal education agency that operates a school or may be present in the State;(5) a postsecondary educational institution controlled by the Bureau of Indian Education or operated by or on behalf of any Indian Tribe; (6) a tribally controlled college or university; or (7) an educational service agency.
Beneficiary Eligibility
A wide range of individuals pursuing career and technical education will benefit.
The establishment of an Eligible Agency, consistent with the definition of that term in section 3(18) of Perkins V. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible agencies submit 4-year State plans for career and technical education, and annual revisions, to the Department pursuant to section 122 of Perkins V. However, the outlying areas, except for Palau, are eligible to submit an application for Perkins V funding under the Consolidated Grants to Insular Areas Program. See CFDA 84.403. Eligible recipients submit local plans to the eligible agency in their States pursuant to section 134 of Perkins V.
Award Procedure
Once the Secretary approves an eligible agency's 4-year State plan or annual revisions, the Department forwards the grant award to the State official designated by the eligible agency and notifies the State director for CTE. States make subgrants to eligible recipients from their grant awards after setting aside funds for State administration and State leadership activities.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The submission date for the State plan or annual revisions is generally late March or early April is set in guidance issued annually by the Department. Within 120 days.
The Secretary shall not finally disapprove a State plan, except determining that the plan does not meet requirements of the Act and after giving the eligible agency notice and opportunity for a hearing.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Eligible agencies qualify for funding based upon their State plans and annual revisions approved under Perkins V, section 122.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are used by eligible agencies and their eligible recipients (local subgrantees), in accordance with Perkins V, to provide career and technical education. Each State must distribute at least 85 percent of its award to eligible recipients to fund secondary and postsecondary institutions that provide career and technical education services, of which the State may choose to award an amount equivalent to not more than 15 percent of the 85 percent to make awards to eligible recipients in rural areas, areas with high percentages or high numbers of career and technical education concentrators or participants, or areas with performance gaps, or to foster innovative and promising CTE programs or promote programs of study and career pathways that are aligned with State-identified high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand occupations or industries. Each State may keep up to 5 percent (or $250,000, whichever is greater) of its award for State administration and up to 10 percent of its award to fund leadership activities (and from that amount, it must reserve an amount equivalent to 2 percent of its award to assist individuals in State institutions and between $60,000, $150,000 to fund services to prepare individuals for non-traditional fields; and the lesser of .1 percent or $50,000 to recruit special populations for CTE programs). This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate, pursuant to 34 CFR 76-564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770 .
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
As required by 2CFR 200.333. Generally, the eligible agency and its subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years from the date the grantee or subgrantee submits its final expenditure report for that funding period. 2 CFR 200.333. Also, all records supporting claims for Federal funds or relating to the accountability of the grantee for the expenditure of such funds must be accessible for administrative review. See also section 443 of GEPA.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title I Part A, Sec. 111 Public Law 115-224 Funds are allocated to States, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, through a new formula that sets baseline funding at the same amount received by each State in fiscal year 2018. Any additional funds above the fiscal year 2018 level will be distributed through a formula based on State per-capita income and population in three age cohorts (15-19, 20-24, and 25 65). The formula also provides for a minimum State allocation of at least 0.5 percent of the total funding available for States, and an additional provision limits the amount of funds that may be distributed to States initially receiving .5 percent or less of the funds designated for States.

Matching is voluntary. Section 112(b) of the Perkins Acts requires 50/50 matching for State administration, which is also subject to the hold-harmless requirement imposed by section 323. An outlying area that submits an application for its Perkins V funds under the Consolidated Grants to Insular Areas Program is not required to match. See CFDA 84.403. Section 211(b) of the Perkins Act describes maintenance-of-effort requirements.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, annual grants to eligible agencies are made on July 1 and October of the same year and funds are available for obligation until September 30 of the following year. In addition, funds remain available to the eligible agencies for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure under section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended (GEPA). States draw funds as needed under the Electronic Funds Transfer System.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sharon Lee Miller,
Department of Education, OCTAE Division of High School, Postsecondary and Career Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 245-7846.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$1,379,848,000.00; FY 23 est $1,429,848,000.00; FY 24 est $1,473,312,000.00; FY 21$1,334,848,000.00; FY 20$1,282,598,000.00; FY 19$1,242,017,053.00; FY 18$1,173,158,653.00; FY 17$1,099,381,153.00; FY 16$1,099,381,153.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of awards in FY 2022 was $5,614,066 to $137,373,362. The estimated range of awards in FY 2023 is $5,859,991 to $141,892,526. The estimated range of awards in FY 2024 is $6,073,769 to $145,867,296.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Applicable regulations may be found at the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 76, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485 also apply. The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474, also apply. OCR Guidelines for Vocational Education and CFR Parts 100-101, 104-106, 108, and 110.Other information may be found at the program website.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available.


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