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Approved Career and Technical Education Program Supplemental Equipment Grant (non-matching)

Background

The 2018-2019 Pennsylvania budget provides school districts, and career and technical centers/area vocational-technical schools the opportunity to purchase equipment to better prepare students for what they will encounter in the workplace. The funds provided to school districts, and career and technical centers/area vocational technical schools are based on a formula. This is a non-matching grant.

Purpose

The purpose of the Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Purchase program is to purchase equipment for the classroom that meets industry standards. Funds must be used to purchase equipment for the purpose of training students (i.e., hands-on use of the equipment) in Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education programs.

Application

All applications must include:

  1. Name, address, telephone number and website of the career and technical center/area vocational-technical school or school district.
  2. Name, email address and telephone number of an employee of the career and technical center/area vocational-technical school or school district who will be available to answer questions regarding the funding application.
  3. An explanation of how the equipment meets industry standards.
  4. An explanation of how the equipment is directly aligned to student achievement.
  5. Description of the equipment for which the requested funding will be used, including:
    1. Item specifications
    2. Description
    3. CIP code
    4. Unit cost
    5. Number purchased
    6. Total cost
    7. Date Occupational Advisory Committee recommended the purchase, which must be PRIOR to the submission date.

Entities Eligible for Funding

  1. Area vocational-technical schools and career and technical education centers with Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education programs.
  2. School districts with Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education programs.

Eligible Expenditures

Equipment criteria:

  1. Supports student hands-on training in approved career and technical education programs that lead to high growth or high demand careers;
  2. Meets industry standards;
  3. Costs $3,000 or more per unit;
  4. Is recommended by the Occupational Advisory Committee, with a recommendation date that is PRIOR to submission;
  5. Retains its original shape, appearance and character with use;
  6. Does not lose its identity through fabrication or incorporation into a different, or more complex, unit or substance;
  7. Is nonexpendable, which means that if the item 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
  8. 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 equipment that costs $3,000 or more, the remaining funds can be used to purchase equipment that costs less than $3,000, but otherwise meets the criteria for eligible expenditures.

The Occupational Advisory Committee shall mean an occupational committee established pursuant to the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Ch. 339) (relating to vocational education).

Ineligible Expenditures

Bundles, kits, packages, sets, compressors, generators, refrigerators, freezers, coolers, ice makers, software, computers, computer upgrades, tractors, motor vehicles, vehicle attachments, infrastructure, greenhouses, furniture, shelving systems, cabinets, coops, pens, dust collection systems, exhaust systems, dehumidification systems, certification exams.

Allocations

Eligible school districts or career and technical centers/area vocational-technical schools will receive payment based on the formula set forth by law.

Application Deadline

Eligible grant recipients must submit their proposal to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by 5 p.m. on 10/1/2018.

Obligation of Funds and Payment of Obligations

All funds must be obligated by and all obligations paid by June 30, 2019.

How to Apply

Individuals are required to apply for supplemental career and technical equipment grants through the online, eGrant 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 project.

Documentation

The Supplemental Equipment Grant involves no written contract, no amendments or revisions, no approval letter, no refunds, and no Final Expenditure Report.