Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program

Portal ID:
9788
Status:
Closed
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

The K-16 Program is part of a statewide strategy for strengthening education-to-workforce pathways and ensuring that education, vocational, and workforce programs work in partnership to address the income, racial, and gender inequalities in education and employment. The program is designed to support regional K-16 education collaboratives that create streamlined pathways from high school to postsecondary education and into the workforce. 

Description:

The 2021 Budget Act provides $250,000,000 for the Department of General Services (DGS) to establish and administer a competitive grant program to support regional K-16 education collaboratives that create streamlined pathways from high school to postsecondary education and into the workforce.

The K-16 Program will use a two-phased approach. Phase 1 is for existing collaboratives that already include all required partners and are fully operational and prepared to move forward immediately upon receipt of grant funds. Phase 1 awards are anticipated to be in the $15-$20 million range for a 5-year project period.

Phase 2 will include Planning grants in October 2022 and Implementation grants in October 2023. Information about Phase 2 is available on the K-16 Program website, and additional guidelines will be forthcoming.

The K-16 Program requires collaboratives to meet all of the following criteria:

Include at least one K-12 school district, at least one University of California campus, at least one California State University campus, and, at least one California Community College district. Establish a steering committee, of which at least 25 percent of the members shall be local employers, thereby ensuring that regional economic needs inform the creation of the streamlined pathways. Commit to participate in the California Cradle-to-Career Data System established pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 10860) of Chapter 8.5 of Part 7 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code. Commit to implement at least four of the following seven recommendations from the February 2021 Recovery with Equity report to promote student success. By June 30, 2024, implement two of the target Recovery with Equity report recommendations and fully establish one occupational pathway, demonstrate progress toward the final two target Recovery with Equity report recommendations and occupational pathway, and participate fully in a statewide evaluation of the regional collaboratives. By June 30, 2026, fully implement both occupational pathways and all four target Recovery with Equity report recommendations.

Awards for Phase 1 and Phase 2 Implementation will be up to $20 million. Awards for Phase 2 Planning will be $100,000-$250,000 for a one-year planning period. It is anticipated that there will be 13 awards total for Phase 1 and Phase 2 Implementation grants, with one award per Consumer Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) region. The number and location of awards for Phase 2 Planning will vary depending on how many awards are made in Phase 1 and in which regions. Collaboratives that receive a Phase 2 Planning grant in October 2022 will be able to apply for a Phase 2 Implementation grant in October 2023.

Eligibility The lead applicant for a collaborative must be one of the required educational partners:

K-12 school district, University of California campus, California State University campus, California Community College District

The lead agency will be required to sign a Grant Agreement prior to the release of funds. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

The lead applicant for a collaborative must be one of the required educational partners:

K-12 school district

University of California Campus

California State University Campus

California Community College District

Eligible Geographies:

Collaboratives must represent one of the 13 established Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) regions. 

https://k16collaborative.org/regional-map/

 

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
May 20, 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
5/2022 - 6/2026

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$250,000,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
13
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$15,000,000 – $20,000,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Item 7760-101-0001 of the Budget Act of 2021 made $250 million available for the Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program. 

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.