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Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): Career and Educational Pathways Exploration System Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs to Present
Career and Education Options to High School Students

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Deadline Date:

12/09/20 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and agencies for programs to present career and education options to high school students. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for applicants to develop technology-based or technology-enabled career exploration systems that enable high school students to identify and explore career opportunities that align with their interests, ambitions, and aptitudes; learn from individuals who work in those fields about the nature of their work and opportunities available in their fields; and identify education and training options--including non-college programs such as work-based learning opportunities, military training, apprenticeships, and employer-sponsored training--that enable entry into or advancement in those careers

Career and education pathways exploration systems must include, for featured occupations, information about employment outlook and likely entry and mid-career earnings in featured fields, and they must enable students to use built-in financial analysis tools to explore the economic impact of their career, education, and training choices.

Through this grant competition, non-profit organizations with expertise in workforce development or career counseling, alone or in partnership with institutions of higher education (IHEs) or other non-profit agencies/organizations, trade associations, employers, States, and labor unions to are invited to develop, adapt, or expand career exploration and guidance systems that will enable students (and their parents) to engage in career exploration and education/training planning. These systems must be technology based so that they can be deployed at scale, and they must include financial analysis tools that allow students to compare the direct and opportunity costs (including student loan interest) of the educational pathways they are considering as well as earnings potential among occupations of interest.

These exploration and guidance systems must feature the full range of education and training pathways, including short-term programs (less than 600 hours), apprenticeships, employer-sponsored training, military training opportunities, and more traditional college pathways.

Absolute Priority: Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), only applications that meet this absolute priority will be considered. Providing Career and Education Pathways Exploration Systems.

To meet this priority, applicants must submit—

  1. A plan to create or expand a sustainable technology-based or technology-enabled career and education pathways exploration system that accomplishes all of the following objectives:
    1. Enabling high school students to identify and learn about career opportunities based on their personal interests, aptitudes, and career goals;
    2. Enabling high school students to identify, consider, and compare the possible education and training pathways that lead to career entry and advancement in their fields of interest;
    3. Engaging individuals who work in featured occupations, or using other interactive bot technologies simulating interaction with an individual, to provide information to students about their experience working in the field, the aptitudes and attitudes that are necessary for success, and the challenges and opportunities typical for those who work in the field; and
    4. Enabling students to use embedded financial tools to compare the cost and benefits of the career options and educational pathways they are considering, including the long-term impact of taking student loans on their financial security, including likely entry and mid-career earnings in featured fields.
  2. An evaluation plan to assess the effectiveness of the system in assisting students in identifying their career goals identifying potential education pathways to achieve that goal, and comparing the costs and benefits of each pathway.
  3. A logic model for developing and implementing the project. 

Eligible Use of Funds and Use of Funds can be found at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-11-09/pdf/2020-24814.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193251

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$9,900,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Range of Awards: $4,400,000 – $9,000,000

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 36 months.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies (other than IHEs) with expertise in workforce development or career counseling, alone or in partnership with IHEs or other public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies (such as State workforce development boards, employers, trade associations, or labor unions).

Note: Only public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies may be the fiscal agent in this competition. IHEs may be included as a partner in a grant in which public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies are the fiscal agent as a group application consistent with 34 CFR 75.127-75.129.

Pre-Application Information:

Closing Date for Applications: Dec 09, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time.

Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management:
To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using Grants.gov, you must—
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov), the Government’s primary registrant database.

The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the SAM.gov database. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329693

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information, contact:
Sharon Easterling, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 278-14, Washington, DC 20202-4260. Telephone: (202) 453-7425. Email: Sharon.Easterling@ed.gov.

Carmen Gordon, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 278-42, Washington, DC 20202-4260. Telephone (202) 453-7311. Email: Carmen.Gordon@ed.gov

CFDA Number:

84.116 -- Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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