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Perkins Application

2021-2022 Perkins applications are due to the Office of Career and Technical Education by 6/1/21.
Email an electronic copy of the Perkins Application, which includes BOTH the 2021-22 CLNA Summary Update (in Word or PDF format) and the 2021-22 Perkins Application (in Word or PDF format), and FS-10 (in Excel format) to emsccte@nysed.gov and send the hard copy Perkins Application and FS-10 with original signatures to

Office of Career and Technical Education
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave, Rm 315EB
Albany, NY 12234


Additional Perkins Documents


Perkins Questions and Answers

Can we use the 2021-2022 Perkins funding for new programs ?

The startup of new programs cannot be funded in the “for the upcoming program year (7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022). Any programs approved between November 1, 2019 and December 1, 2020 (i.e., programs that were not evaluated in the CLNA submitted in June 2020) must submit the CLNA Excel workbook for approved programs that were not included in the CLNA submitted for 2020-21 Perkins funds.  These new programs must meet the requirements of size, scope and quality to be included in the current 2021-22 application. 

What if I only have one action step that will be connected to a Perkins cost item?

It is advisable to include several related no-cost action steps to provide context.

I would like to give you an example of a possible expenditure. Your response will help direct us in developing the rest of the projects. The HVAC Program would like to increase the academic performance of ELLs and SWDs. In order to achieve this, they would like to purchase a new module-based curriculum. This curriculum would include more “hands-on” and project-based learning, which would improve the ELLs and SWDs comprehension of the material. Would the curriculum, as well as the supplies and equipment to support it, be an allowable use of funds?

Perkins V emphasizes data-driven decision making. The question above makes assumptions that must be supported. While new curricula might address the needs of certain students, the evidence that there is a need, and that the proposed cost will meet the need must be established. Beginning with the idea that new curriculum which is based on project-based learning will improve ELLs and SWDs should be a starting place in your evaluation activities. The results of the program evaluation might support this cost. Costs proposed should first identify the needs of ELLs and SWDs in the district through data and evidence. If it is determined that ELLs and SWDs would benefit from project-based learning as a mechanism to engage in more rigorous content, then a plan to bring project-based learning to the program would be justified. A plan is not simply purchasing curriculum and supplies and materials. A plan would involve researching available materials (including no-cost curricular materials available) teacher training, continuous evaluation of student growth relative to previous cohorts’ data, collection of student feedback through surveys or other means of evaluation to gauge areas of improvement because of the new approach to work-based learning.

On page 11 of the application, there is a table with a drop-down menu listing several special populations, and a fillable box entitled “Identify Your Strategy for Communicating Course Offerings.” Do we have to identify a strategy for every type of special population listed on the drop-down menu?

If there are population specific actions that are being taken for this requirement, then you would select that population.  If the actions being taken for students to learn about CTE offerings and how they fit into a NYSED-approved program, then you would select the “All students” category from the dropdown menu.

On page 16 of the application, question 12 states, “Describe how the applicant will address disparities or gaps in performance … and if no meaningful progress has been achieved prior to the third program year, describe any additional actions the applicant will take to eliminate those disparities or gaps.” Do we only answer this if we think we won’t be able to address disparities by the third year? How are we to predict what progress will have been achieved by the third year?

All applicants will answer this question. It is a chance for the applicant and its local advisory committee to forward think about what the next steps might be, if after two years of funds, what the next CLNA might show and how they would try to address the need in a different way. 

On page 17 of the application, question 13 states, “Describe any new program(s) of study that the applicant will develop and submit to the state for approval to become eligible for future funding.” Is there a timeframe as to when these programs would have to be submitted to NYSED for approval? What specific details about the program do we need to provide?

Yes. Please see the submission deadlines page

Our industry partners recommended adding more classroom space and equipment for one of our programs. Is this an allowable use of funds in Perkins V?

Generally, no. Use of Perkins for changes to facility space is limited to modifications needed for accessibility for students or staff with disabilities. For Perkins V, all identified needs must be supported with appropriate data relating to students performance. Otherwise, they cannot be addressed over the next two years through Perkins funding. 

We would like to use Perkins V funds to expand our local advisory council membership and productivity. Is this an allowable use of funds under professional salaries?

Funding cannot be applied to this activity as a direct cost. Advisory activities are required to take place to be in compliance with state law. Costs associated with this activity are considered part of indirect costs.

New York State Grants Finance site guidance:

Supplement-Not-Supplant

This is a provision common to many federal education program statutes. In general, this statutory requirement specifies that a State or local educational agency may allocate and use funds received under a particular federal program only to supplement and not supplant (or replace) funds from non-federal sources.

This means, a local educational agency:

  • may not divert state and local funds for other uses simply because these particular federal grant funds are available
  • may not use these federal grant funds to pay for activities required by State law or local district policy
  • may use these federal funds to expand existing programs and/or add new programs that would not otherwise be available from state and local funding sources
  • Grantees should carefully review applicable program statute and regulations to determine if the supplement, not supplant requirement applies in order to ensure full compliance with such requirements