Equity for Each Competitive Grant Information & Application for 2025

The Office of Career-Technical Education uses the Perkins V reserve fund for the Equity for Each competitive grant. This competitive grant assists recipients and the Department in identifying and promoting promising practices for improving equity in career-technical education delivery for students in special population groups and subgroups.

The grant prioritizes applications that:

  • emphasize collaboration between secondary and postsecondary schools, with,
  • employed strategies that focus promotion or expansion of programs of study aligned with state-identified high-skill, high-wage or in-demand occupations, and/or,
  • implement strategies to attract and retain culturally competent teachers and promote policies to ensure inclusion of program staff who reflect the diversity of the school or district.

Grants range from $25,000 to $200,000 and must be used towards improving data-identified “equity gaps” in local enrollment, engagement, performance and outcomes for students in special populations as defined in Perkins V legislation.

Awards from previous grants have been used towards:

  • establishing support positions for transitioning economically disadvantaged pathway students from secondary to postsecondary education.
  • adding aide positions to support students with disabilities in career-technical education.
  • new support staff and equipment for increasing enrollment of students with disabilities into a workforce development pathway;
  • development of new supports and resources as a bridge to postsecondary education to increase engagement of English learner students;
  • establishing recruitment and enrollment supports to increase enrollment and participation from nontraditional students in an engineering pathway and industry-recognized credential program; and,
  • expansion of lab capacity and providing additional supports to increase enrollment of economically disadvantaged students into a health care pathway.