PrepareRI Grants

PrepareRI offers grants to help launch new programs that increase students' access to
high-quality career pathways. You can learn more about our specific grant programs below.
This page will be updated as new grant opportunities become available.

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For Schools, Districts, and LEAs


CAREER EXPLORATION

RIDE is launching a new Career Exploration Grant for interested middle schools to support and accelerate the integration of career exploration activities with existing learning experiences for all students in grades 6 to 8. These grants are part of PrepareRI, a statewide initiative to build career pathways for all Rhode Island youth.

RIDE will award grants on a competitive basis to local educational agencies (LEAs) for new or existing middle school career exploration activities in an effort to create a portfolio of career exploration models that are integrated into core content areas, which are developed and/or adapted in partnership with industry representatives.  Successful Career Exploration Grants will:

  1. Embed hands-on career exploration activities into existing curriculum, allowing for students to see increased relevance of their education;

  2. Support the development of and/or adapt activities in partnership between school and industry representatives;

  3. Ensure the sustainability of career exploration efforts in a school by integrating into the school curriculum, rather than establishing separate career exploration time - this may include the integration of after-school time if there are clear and sustainable connections to student coursework; and,

  4. Provide trusted peer-to-peer resources that increase school buy-in for adoption.

The Career Exploration Grant application deadline is February 28, 2019.  A minimum of 35 Career Exploration mini-grants will be awarded; the total number will be determined by the number of schools that apply and meet the criteria. For questions, please email onna.holland@ride.ri.gov.

Learn more about Career Exploration Grants.

Apply for a Career Exploration Grant.

CTE INNOVATION & EQUITY GRANTS

In June 2018, RIDE awarded nearly $1.2 million in CTE Innovation and Equity Grants. The CTE Equity Grants will be used by new and existing career education programs to help expand access for historically underserved students. The eight recipient schools are spread out across the state and will each receive roughly $150,000 in funding over two years, starting in the 2018-2019 school year. This is the first year of the CTE Equity Grant program, and it proved very popular: RIDE received applications from 26 school districts, accounting for $3.1 million in requests for the available funds.

Learn more about the 2018 CTE Equity Grant winners.

View the RIDE press release or other press coverage about the grants.

WORK-BASED LEARNING & COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

The Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) has released a Grant Solicitation for Real Skills for Youth partnerships with applications due on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 4:00pm. The purpose of this Grant Solicitation is for qualified organizations to form strategic partnerships to develop and implement high-quality, paid, work-based learning experiences, and college and career readiness programming for youth in Summer 2019 and academic year 2019-20. The Real Skills for Youth program, started in 2018, builds off the long-standing Summer Youth Employment program to enhance and scale work-based learning opportunities for youth, and more tightly connect work-based learning to year-round career readiness programming, by supporting partnerships among schools, youth-serving organizations, industry, and others. A list of FAQs is posted on the GWB website, as well as slides from the Pre-Proposal conference. For questions or more information email caitlin.downing@dlt.ri.gov

 

For Businesses

WORK-BASED LEARNING & COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

The Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) has released a Grant Solicitation for Real Skills for Youth partnerships with applications due on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 4:00pm. The purpose of this Grant Solicitation is for qualified organizations to form strategic partnerships to develop and implement high-quality, paid, work-based learning experiences, and college and career readiness programming for youth in Summer 2019 and academic year 2019-20. The Real Skills for Youth program, started in 2018, builds off the long-standing Summer Youth Employment program to enhance and scale work-based learning opportunities for youth, and more tightly connect work-based learning to year-round career readiness programming, by supporting partnerships among schools, youth-serving organizations, industry, and others. A list of FAQs is posted on the GWB website, as well as slides from the Pre-Proposal conference. For questions or more information email caitlin.downing@dlt.ri.gov