Supplemental Equipment Grant

Applications for the 2015-16 Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Grant will be accepted between (Information coming Summer 2015).

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.

If you have any questions please contact Janelle Smith, or 717-783-6990

Competitive Equipment Grants


Did your school receive any 2013-14 Equipment Grants?

The required final performance report should
have been submitted by July 15, 2014.

Your request for a 2014-15 grant will NOT be completely processed for funding until an acceptable final performance report (cover page, executive summary, procedures, conclusion, signature page, and a T-chart for each program funded) is received by the Bureau of Career and Technical Education.

Funding Source: State Funds

Grant Program: Guidelines (PDF)

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. November 10, 2014

Application Information: Application for this grant is done electronically using the e-Grants system that requires a password. Please read the Funding Guidelines below before using e-Grants.

Other Information:

Program Description:

  1. High Priority Occupation Alignment and Inclusion of Industry Standards

    Enhance and update specific career and technical education programs to meet industry standards through curriculum, professional development and state-of-the-art equipment. The proposal must be linked to one of the identified Pennsylvania industry clusters and a specific high priority occupation.

  2. Increasing Industry Credentials

    Improve the quality of career and technical education provided to students, in order to enhance the occupational and academic knowledge and skills required to successfully perform in the industry. Students will gain industry credentials, or be eligible to sit for credentialing exams, which allows for career mobility by enhancing lateral and upward career moves. Prospective applicants must list the projected increase in technical skill attainment and the projected increase in industry certifications learned by students as a result of all new equipment.

  3. Curriculum Revisions and Alignment to Pennsylvania Academic Standards

    Curriculum revisions, which are needed to incorporate the newly purchased equipment, must be completed within the proposed grant year. Revisions must include identification of Pennsylvania academic standards and the development of assessment items related to those academic standards. Prospective applicants must provide a proposal which provides a plan to accomplish the necessary revisions and provide a projection of how this will increase achievement on state assessments.

  4. Industry Partnerships

    Career and technical education students benefit greatly from partnerships with business, industry, labor and community groups. Such partnerships ensure industry-focused training which meets the human capital strategy. Therefore, the Workforce Investment Board and the Occupational Advisory Committee must provide input on the proposal and a letter of support from the Workforce Investment Board must be sent to John Bonchalk at PDE.

  5. Professional Development

    The integration of Pennsylvania academic assessment anchors and occupational skills, which meet industry standards, can be enhanced through professional development programs for career and technical education instructors (e.g., participation in PDE's designated professional development activities). Grant recipient will participate in professional development related to literacy and numeracy.

Eligible Entities: Area vocational-technical schools/career and technology centers that operate programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

School districts with eight or more approved career and technical education programs (two of which are trade and industrial programs) or to school districts offering approved vocational agriculture education programs.

Method of Distribution: Funds are distributed on a competitive basis to eligible educational agencies.

Restrictions on Funding: Eligible expenditures are defined in the guidelines.