Services to Corrections and Disabilities

Project Overview

The 2006 Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins IV) maintains much of the program improvement emphasis of the 1998 Career and Technical Education Act. The 2006 Act maintains expectations of renewed and strengthened focus on collaborative partnerships that improve academic and technical preparation, spanning secondary and postsecondary institutions.  Additional information regarding the Carl A. Perkins Act and Minnesota’s CTE goals can be found at on our CTE website at:   


1. Correctional institutions or agencies (i.e. adult or youth facilities)

2. Organizations that provide direct services to individuals transitioning from correctional institutions --including group transitional facilities, community corrections, etc.-- that provide job training and/or employment services to ex-offenders. 

3. State institutions or agencies providing direct services to individuals with disabilities

4. Other organizations that provide direct services to individuals with disabilities.  (e.g. nonprofit, school-affiliated)

                    Colleges and universities are NOT eligible to apply for this institutional grant.

Project Funding Considerations 

$50,000 is available for this funding.

Projects that awarded funds from the FY2018 funding cycle will NOT be considered for funding renewal for the FY19 grant term.  

Efforts to address nontraditional job training for females to improve self-sufficiency.

Joint proposals for collaborative projects, such as community collaboration, are encouraged.

An applicant may submit only ONE proposal.

Matching funds are not required but highly encouraged.

Budgetary Limitations  

Project management expenses associated with direct implementation of the proposed project are eligible for grant reimbursement. A maximum of 5% can be allocated to salaries and benefits for project management.  (e.g. salaries and benefits of project manager, trainer, etc).    Funding can be used for contracted services for training or other direct services to youth or adults.

Administrative fees for grant funds management ARE NOT permitted by Perkins legislation (Sec. 124(d)).

Equipment and Facilities: Funds may NOT be used for equipment purchases, indirect costs, or overhead expenses. (e.g. rent, utilities, office supplies and other operational expenses of the organization)

For more information, refer to page 2 of the Required and Permissive Uses of Funds document located here:   

Required Program Emphasis

Target population to be served is youth and/or adults.  The program proposal must target at least one of the following categories:

Work Readiness Training/Functional Literacy – services that directly relate to career and technical preparation such as job shadowing, mentoring, work experience, which support adult and/or youth learners with disabilities, for successful preparation into career training or employment. Technical reading, math or writing development specifically for job readiness and employment will be considered. Developmental education CANNOT be supported with this funding.

Development of assessment procedures – assist participants with assessing their interests and abilities and planning for career/career technical education 

Career exploration or career guidance  - such as job sampling, job shadowing, mentoring, networking with professionals in industry, and other activities that allow participants to explore high skill, high wage, or high demand careers, This could include other activities that allow participants to engage in career and academic planning, in career pathways.

Transitional services – assist participants with moving from incarceration or assistance with individual education plans, guidance and support for the purpose of career training and/or gainful employment (i.e. jobs outside of correctional settings or restricted settings)

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should consist of the following sections: 

Section 1: Project Title Page 

Include a descriptive project title and present and abstract of your proposal. 

Section 2: Project Narrative

Describe what it is you expect to do, who will do it and how the project will be evaluated for impact on for participant outcomes.

BRIEF and CONCISE background that considers the following questions: 

  • purpose and need for the project described, the audience served and roles and accountability of defined partners. (Partnerships should address the benefit of involvement in the project).

  • alignment of work and resources to any other initiatives that connect with purpose of this project. 

  • how this project provides valued-added services  to the population served and for improving  overall access and opportunity to career and technical education and related services.
Work Plan:
  • who are the participants, including the collaborative nature of the project and their level of participation, their roles and responsibilities within the project.

  • timeline for project delivery setting forth realistic benchmarks for performance.

  • goals, strategies and measurable outcomes.

  • deliverables provided to the target population(s) and to Minnesota State System Office.  

  • how the project will be evaluated (i.e. an evaluation plan). 

  • plan for sustaining the project beyond the grant term. 

Section 3: Budget

  • Each proposal must include a detailed budget page and budget narrative with essential components setting forth why this budget is appropriate. 

  • Matching funds and/or in-kind support are not required but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Indicate any other significant resources such as leveraged funds or other grant awards being used to support the proposed project 

Section 4: Appendices (Supplemental Materials)

Materials may be included in Appendices but must be held to a minimum and should be clearly labeled and mailed along with signature page.

A brief biographical sketch for each project supervisor or principal researcher.

A list of collaborators, their roles and specific responsibilities for the project.

Proposal Review Process

The grant approval process consists of a review by readers representing Minnesota State System Office administrative staff and other state partners, which share common interests in workforce development, corrections and disability services, and career education.  Scoring and grants awarded are based on the Evaluation Criteria listed below.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria 1 – The extent to which the application proposes creative thinking, aligns with existing public/private partnerships (including educational institutions), evidences strategic planning and consortia commitment/involvement.  Collaboration (rather than duplication) between public/private partners is a priority for this grant.

Criteria 2- The extent to which the proposed project is likely to improve the quality and quantity of career technical education programming which will result in providing the target population with upgraded skills and/or increased career opportunities or exposure. The proposal should provide rationale of the impact on the population to be served as well as any future direction envisioned for the project.

Criteria 3 – The extent to which the applicant’s budget (1) provides sufficient detail; (2) maximizes the use of available funds; (3) evidences commitments for match; (4) limits project and program costs to direct essential activities.

Criteria 4 –The extent to which the application is (1) complete as submitted; (2) demonstrates a set of clearly defined program objectives, consistent with program requirements; (3) proposes definitive, objective, measurable outcomes; (4) provides a feasible evaluation plan and provides a feasible timetable and (5) clearly connects to Minnesota career and technical education goals.

Criteria 5 – Proposal details appropriate plans for publicizing the project and sharing its results through conferences presentations, articles, portfolio, or other means.

Grant Reporting

All grantees that receive funding will be required to submit fiscal and programmatic reports on a quarterly basis (approxDecember 2018, March 2019 and final report, June 2019). The final report will be shared statewide of the project objectives and outcomes, strategies that can replicated or offered as training with the goal of ways in which this project has useful application.  

Submitting Applications

Applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY. No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted. To apply online, go to Apply Now above.  It will take you to online application.

Important Dates

Applications must be received by May 18, 2018.  

Recipients will receive initial notification by early July 2018. 

The grant term is effective approximately September 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Informational Webinar:
April 24, 2018

Any technical questions regarding the online application can be sent to:

Jared Reise
(651) 201-1711

Any questions regarding grant eligibility or requirements can be sent to:

Eva Scates-Winston
Minnesota State System Office
30 Seventh Street East, Suite 350
Saint Paul, Minnesota  55101
(651) 201-1680

Signature Form: 

To download the signature form, please click on the arrow on the far right side of the document below.


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