Approved Career and Technical Education Program Supplemental Equipment Grant (non-matching)
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.
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.
All applications must include:
- Name, address, telephone number and website of the career and technical center/area
vocational-technical school or school district.
- 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.
- An explanation of how the equipment meets industry standards.
- An explanation of how the equipment is directly aligned to student achievement.
- Description of the equipment for which the requested funding will be used, including:
- Item specifications
- CIP code
- Unit cost
- Number purchased
- Total cost
- Date Occupational Advisory Committee recommended the purchase, which must be PRIOR to the submission date.
Entities Eligible for Funding
- Area vocational-technical schools and career and technical education centers with
Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education
- School districts with Pennsylvania Department of Education-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;
- Is recommended by the Occupational Advisory Committee, 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 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
- 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).
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
Eligible school districts or career and technical centers/area vocational-technical schools will
receive payment based on the formula set forth by law.
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.
The Supplemental Equipment Grant involves no written contract, no amendments or
revisions, no approval letter, no refunds, and no Final Expenditure Report.