Supplemental Equipment Grants (Non-Matching) (757): 2020-2021
The 2020-2021 Pennsylvania budget
provides school districts and career and technical centers (CTC) the opportunity
to purchase equipment to prepare students for the workplace. The funds provided
to school districts and CTCs are based on a formula. This is a non- matching
The purpose of the Career and
Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Purchase program is to purchase
instructional equipment and handtools for the classroom that meets industry
standards. Funds must be used to purchase instructional equipment and handtools
for the purpose of training students (i.e., hands-on use of the equipment) in
Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education
All applications must include:
Name, address, telephone number, and website of the CTC or school district.
Name, email address, and telephone number of an employee of the CTC or school district who will be available to answer questions regarding the funding application.
An explanation of how the instructional equipment and handtools meets industry standards.
An explanation of how the instructional equipment and handtools are directly aligned to student achievement.
Description of the instructional equipment and handtools for which the requested funding will be used, including:
- Item specifications;
- CIP code;
- Unit cost;
- Number purchased;
- Total cost; and
- Date that the Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC) recommended the purchase, which must be prior to the submission date.
Entities Eligible for Funding
- CTCs with PDE-approved career and technical education programs.
- School districts with PDE-approved career and technical education programs.
- Supports student hands-on training in approved career and technical education programs that lead to high growth or high demand careers;
- Meets industry standards;
- Costs $3,000 or more per unit or per complete set of tools (priced by the manufacturer as one item);
- Is recommended by the OAC, with a recommendation date that is prior to submission;
- Retains its original shape, appearance, and character with use;
- Does not lose its identity through fabrication or incorporation into a different, or more complex unit, or substance;
- Is nonexpendable, which means that if the piece of equipment is damaged or some of its parts are lost or worn out, it is more feasible to repair the item than to replace it with an entirely new unit; and
- Can be expected to serve its principal purpose for more than a 12-month fiscal period, under normal conditions of use, including reasonable care and maintenance.
If funds remain after purchases
of instructional equipment and handtools that costs $3,000 or more, the
remaining funds can be used to purchase instructional equipment and handtools
that costs less than $3,000, but otherwise meets the criteria for eligible
The OAC shall mean a CTE program
occupational advisory committee established pursuant to the Pennsylvania Code
(22 Pa. Code Ch. 339) (relating to vocational education).
Bundles, kits, packages, sets,
etc. (that the LEA creates by combining several items of lesser value to attain
the $3,000 minimum), compressors, generators, refrigerators, freezers, coolers,
ice makers, software, computers, laptops, computer upgrades, tractors, motor
vehicles, motor cycles, vehicle attachments, infrastructure, greenhouses,
furniture, office equipment, shelving systems, cabinets, coops, pens, dust
collection systems, exhaust systems, dehumidification systems, clothing,
certification exams, and warranties.
school districts or CTCs will receive payment based on the formula set forth by
grant recipients must submit their proposal to the Pennsylvania Department of
Education by 5 p.m. on December 31, 2020.
Obligation of Funds and Payment of Obligations
All funds must be obligated by
and all obligations paid by June 30, 2021.
How to Apply
required to apply for supplemental career and technical equipment grants
through the online eGrants system.
Notification of Application Approval
The Pennsylvania Department of
Education acknowledges an approved application by sending the eligible
recipient a notification via email. This approval means that the application is
technically in order. It is not an approval of the amount requested. This
notification establishes the beginning date for obligating funds for the
Equipment Grant involves no written contract, no amendments or revisions, no
approval letter, no refunds, and no Final Expenditure Report.
Questions concerning the
Supplemental Equipment Grant should be directed to Janelle Smith, PA Department
of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, at 717- 783-6990 or email@example.com.