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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Grants for Schools, Districts, and LEAs

CTE Innovation & equity Grants

In January 2018, RIDE announced it will allocate $1 million to Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation & Equity Grants. This new grant program will ensure historically underserved student populations have expanded access to quality career preparation opportunities in priority industries. RIDE will award grants on a competitive basis to local educational agencies with CTE programs that:

  1. Expand access to CTE for student populations that are currently underserved (either by launching a new program or expanding and enhancing services in an existing program);
  2. Align to a priority sector industry (as defined by the Governor’s Workforce Board); and
  3. Meet the industry-specific content standards adopted by the Career and Technical Education Board of Trustees.

Key facts:

  • Purpose: Provide underserved student populations expanded access to high-quality career preparation opportunities in priority industries
  • Grant size: up to $150,000 over two years, allocated with $100,000 for implementation and $50,000 for planning or follow-through
  • Eligibility: local education agencies (LEAs)
  • Deadline: March 30, 2018
  • Contact: spencer.sherman@ride.ri.gov or paul.mcconnell@ride.ri.gov

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Real skills for youth partnerships

The Governor's Workforce Board has released a Grant Solicitation for Real Skills for Youth partnerships on January 24, 2018.

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 career readiness programming for youth in Summer 2018 and/or academic year 2018-19.  The Governor's Workforce Board "Real Skills for Youth" program will build 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. 

Key facts:

  • Purpose: Implement work-based learning and career readiness programming in Summer 2018 and academic year 2018-19
  • Eligibility: Partnerships among industry/employers and youth-serving organizations (ex. schools, youth centers, community-based organizations, etc.)
  • Deadline: EXTENDED to March 8, 2018
  • Contact: pauline.abetti@dlt.ri.gov 
 

Grants for Businesses

StateWide career readiness intermediary

The Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) has released a Grant Solicitation for a Statewide Career Readiness Intermediary on January 8, 2018.

The purpose of this Solicitation is to incubate an experienced entity or partnership of entities as a centralized statewide intermediary to support the expansion of K-12 career readiness activities, including paid internships, other work-based learning opportunities, and career exploration activities.  The intermediary will implement and scale out a high-quality internship program for high school students and will serve as a centralized coordinating body for the state to scale out career readiness activities in an efficient, demand-driven, and consistent way that meets employers’ needs and is also aligned with the work of K-12 schools.  The intermediary will act as a connector between employers and schools and/or other youth-serving organizations to place students in work-based learning and other career readiness activities.

Key facts:

  • Purpose: identify and incubate statewide intermediary to support the expansion of K-12 career readiness activities, including paid internships, other work-based learning opportunities, and career exploration activities.
  • Grant size: up to $600,000 for year one
  • Eligibility: Nonprofit organization; Two- and/or four-year institution of higher education; Local Workforce Board; Industry association or council; Labor union; For-profit organization; Local government; or, Local or regional economic development entity.
  • Deadline: February 8, 2018
  • Contact: pauline.abetti@dlt.ri.gov 
  • More information: GWB website

 

Real skills for youth partnerships

The Governor's Workforce Board has released a Grant Solicitation for Real Skills for Youth partnerships on January 24, 2018.

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 career readiness programming for youth in Summer 2018 and/or academic year 2018-19.  The Governor's Workforce Board "Real Skills for Youth" program will build 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. 

Key facts:

  • Purpose: Implement work-based learning and career readiness programming in Summer 2018 and academic year 2018-19
  • Eligibility: Partnerships among industry/employers and youth-serving organizations (ex. schools, youth centers, community-based organizations, etc.)
  • Deadline: EXTENDED to March 8, 2018
  • Contact: pauline.abetti@dlt.ri.gov