Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
Montana Workforce Development
Perkins Grantee Information
Funds to be used by local eligible institutions:
85% of the funds allocated to the state based on a federal formula must be distributed to local eligible recipients. The funds must be distributed to local high schools or 2 year postsecondary colleges based on formulas detailed in the Perkins Law.
Local Application Formula Grants:
These funds are awarded to eligible high school districts and postsecondary, 2-year institutions (Community Colleges, Colleges of Technology and Tribal Colleges) to support career and technical education programs. Through the local project grants, grant recipients are able to facilitate changing economic and workforce needs by:
- developing partnerships with local business and industry
- program innovation and enhancement
- providing professional development programs to teachers, staff, faculty, counselors, and administrators
- advancing the Career Clusters and Pathways Initiative through secondary, postsecondary and business partnerships
- partnerships through secondary, postsecondary and business to offer students Career and Technical Education College Credit options
Up to 10% of the local allocation funds may be reserved to focus on specific initiatives or local performance indicators. These funds may be distributed competitively or through a formula allocation. In either case, the awardees must be Perkins eligible institutions; a high school district, 2 year postsecondary college or consortia of eligible institutions.
State Leadership Funds:
10% of funds allocated to the state may be used for state leadership activities. The purpose of these funds is to direct funds to fulfill the purpose of the law and meet performance indicator goals established for secondary and postsecondary. The law also specifies recommended and required uses for a portion of these funds. Leadership funds may be spent as deemed appropriate and effective by the State Executive Leadership Team with guidance from the State CTE Advisory Council.
Non-Traditional Fields Funds:
The Perkins law requires not less than $60,000 and not more than $150,000 of leadership funds shall be available for services that prepare individuals for non-traditional fields. Nontraditional is defined as programs that prepare students for occupations where either females or males make up less than 25% of the total workforce for that job. Examples would be males in nursing or females in welding.
The Perkins law allows states to allocate up to 1% of their leadership allocation to State institutions, such as State correctional institutions and institutions that serve individuals with disabilities. These institutions must include residential services, directly receive state and/or federal funding and offer career and technical training programming in coordination with a Perkins eligible high school or 2 year college.