Aligning Industry and Education Through Competitive Grant Making

CTE Foundation’s competitive grantmaking program is intended to incentivize schools to develop innovative career technical education programs that integrate core academics with technical and career readiness skills aligned with local workforce development needs. To qualify for funding, courses must adhere to Model CTE elements, promote career exploration and help students build employer relationships. 

CTE Foundation grants represent the only source of local funding that allow schools to experiment with new education strategies that provide authentic learning opportunities and connect students to meaningful careers in Sonoma County.

To ensure the grantmaking program remains both relevant and responsive to stakeholder needs, we are undergoing a strategic redesign of our grantmaking strategy.

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Competitive Grants

Support the start-up or expansion of career technical education and training programs/courses, for credit (middle school, high school or college), including funds for 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

Support the start-up or expansion of special initiatives for career technical education and training including 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

CTE Foundation accepts donations and awards grants as directed by specific donors and aligned with our mission and focus areas. Donor Directed Grants may also support grants offered through the Competitive Grants or Special Initiative Grants cycle.

2021-2022 Current Grants

Cloverdale High School

Maker – Principles of Engineering – $16,877

Business Management – $19,534

Construction Technology I & II – $20,862

Farm to Table/Integrated Culinary – $13,783

Geyserville New Tech Academy

Construction/Agriculture – $21,000

Robotics & Engineering – $29,736

Santa Rosa City Schools

Work-based Learning Support $65,000

Windsor High School​

Principles Of Engineering & Design – $21,644

Archbishop Hanna High School

Computer Science Program – $21,500

Total Funding: $229,936

Participating Students: 2,582