Vocational Education--Basic Grants to States
Program Office: Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
CFDA Number: 84.048
Program Type: Formula Grants
Also Known As:Perkins Title I Grants, or Perkins Formula Grants
Under Title I (Basic State Grants) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which was reauthorized in 2018 under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), Congress appropriates roughly $1.3 billion annually in State formula grants for the development and implementation of career and technical education (CTE) programs. Perkins Title I grants are allotted to States through a formula based on the States’ populations in certain age groups and per capita income.
Each State is required to distribute not less than 85 percent of its Perkins Title I funds by formula to local education agencies, area career and technical schools, community colleges, and other public or private nonprofit institutions that offer CTE programs. Each State determines the split of funds to be distributed to recipients at the secondary versus postsecondary level. On average, 64 percent of funds are spent at the secondary level and 36 percent at the postsecondary level.
TYPES OF PROJECTS
The State-level agency responsible for administering the Perkins Title I grant may not spend more than 5 percent of its grant or $250,000, whichever is greater, on administrative activities and not more than 10 percent on State leadership activities. With its State administration funds, a State may cover the costs of: