Eligibility

At the conclusion of Phase 1, all schools will be vetted for eligibility to receive funding under the Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). All eligible schools that meet mission proposal requirements will proceed to the finalist selection process and be reviewed by the judging panel. See official rules, terms, and conditions for more details.

Carl D. Perkins funding

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), provides funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE). More than $1.1 billion is distributed annually. The funds are provided by the federal government and distributed at the state level. To enter this challenge, entrants do not need to be receiving Perkins V funding, but must be eligible to receive it. For more information on Perkins V, please consult the U.S. Department of Education Perkins Collaborative Resource Network.

Is my school eligible for Carl D. Perkins funding?

Under section 3(21)(A) of Perkins V, the term “eligible recipient” means a local educational agency (including a public charter school that operates as a local educational agency); an area career and technical education school; an educational service agency; an Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or Tribal educational agency; or a consortium eligible to receive assistance under section 131 of Perkins V.

If you are unsure whether your institution is eligible for Perkins funding, please check with your school’s administration, visit your state’s department of education website, or contact your state or local CTE coordinator.

Examples of schools that may be eligible to receive Perkins V funding and enter the challenge:

  • Public high schools.
  • Public charter schools serving grades 9 to 12.
  • Technical high schools.
  • Regional technical centers serving grades 9 to 12.

This list is not inclusive of all types of schools eligible to receive Perkins V funding. Please refer to the rules, terms, and conditions, and check with your school’s administration or your state or local CTE coordinator.