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​The Career and Technical Education (CTE) & Innovation Department offers numerous grant opportunities funded by State CTE and federal PerkinsV monies distributed through a formula, competitive or incentive basis.  These funds are awarded through Education for Employment(EFE) CTE Systems which then distribute money to the local public school districts,or directly to school districts, Area Career Centers, community colleges/universities or Regional Offices of Education.   Any entity that receives Perkins/CTE funds must conduct a comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA) every two years with input from stakeholders.

 FY2024-2026 Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Trades (METT) Pathway

 FY2023 College and Career Pathway Endorsement Coordinator Grant

 FY 2021-2024 CTE Monitoring

ISBE CTE and Innovation Department monitors CTE grantees through an annual three-leveled monitoring and compliance process. All Education for Employment (EFE) Systems grantees will one of these three level reviews. A risk analysis, composed of several weighted elements and criteria, will determine the risk score and level of monitoring for each grantee.

If grantees are determined low risk, they will receive a Level 1 (L1) Review. If medium risk, the grantee will receive Level 2 (L2) Review. If high risk, the grantee will receive a Level 3 (L3) Review which will require an On-Site Visit.​​  All grantees may receive additional technical assistance upon request. 

 CTE Education Career Pathway Grants

FY 2024 CTE Education Career Pathway Request for Proposal Now Available in IWAS

The fiscal year 2024 CTE Education Career Pathway Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available in the electronic Grants Management System through the ISBE Web Application Security (IWAS) system.

For the FY 2024 planning year, the RFP application will not include an FY 2024 allocation or itemized budget. Applicants approved will be required to submit an amended application that will include requested changes by ISBE and the Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement pages.

All eligible applicants must create and submit an application through the IWAS system. Once you are in the system, create your application by selecting "Year: 2024" and choosing "Create Application." Some grants display a Yes checkbox that must be selected before the "Create Application" button appears.

A webinar with application information will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. To register for the webinar, go to To Meeting Link.

Due Date: The deadline for submitting the CTE Education Career Pathway RFP is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023.

Please make sure that approval groups are properly assigned through IWAS in order to access the system and submit your application. Technical assistance pertaining to items not covered by the instructions link in IWAS may be obtained by contacting Kristina Valentine at​.

FY 2022 CTE Education Career Pathway Request for Proposal

​FY 2021 CTE Education Career Pathway

​FY 2020 CTE Education Career Pathway

 CLNA Resources

​​To receive state or federal secondary career and technical education (CTE) funding for FY 2021 and beyond, all local funding recipients must complete a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) as REQUIRED by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The CLNA will be a three-step process: 1) Program Data Review (PDR), 2) Local Needs Assessment (LNA), and 3) CLNA.

UPDATED:  Submission dates for the FY22 LNA and FY22 CLNA have been revised. LNAs will be due by March 31, 2022, and CLNAs will be due by April 30, 2022. . Please view this UPDATED needs assessment and local application timeline​PDF Document. (Updated 3/1/2022)

 FY 2021 CTE Consolidated Application Resources

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