ALIGNING INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION THROUGH COMPETITIVE GRANT MAKING

My students are motivated every day they come to class.

They want to learn and work.”

Ron Bilberry, Science Teacher, Hanna Boys Center, SWITCH Electric Vehicle

The CTE Foundation provides grants to schools to enhance or expand programs for career technical education and training in Sonoma County that align with the economic development and workforce needs of local employers. The Foundation accepts competitive grant applications during its annual open application period in December. Funding requests should primarily target public schools and non-profit organizations serving middle school through post-secondary students, and must adhere to the following guidelines:

Competitive Grants

Supports the start-up or expansion of career technical education and training programs/courses, for credit (middle school, high school or college), to include staffing, supplies, professional development, and instructional materials. Request for Applications (RFA) are distributed on an annual basis, as funding is available, following a specified timeline.

Special Initiative Grants

Supports the start-up or expansion of special initiatives for career technical education and training to include program/curriculum development, staffing, supplies/equipment, professional development (teacher externships), and instructional materials. Request for Proposals (RFP) may be distributed and/or awarded at any time during the year, based on funding needs and available funds.

Donor Directed Grants

The CTE Foundation accepts and awards grants as directed by specific donors that align with the Foundation’s mission and focus areas. Request for Proposals (RFP) are distributed as funds are available and may be awarded at any time during the year. Donor Directed Grants may also support grants offered through the Competitive Grants or Special Initiative Grants cycle.
The Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation provides grants to eligible organizations as set forth to meet the exemption requirements of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.