This grant package is designed to support the improvement and innovation of career and technical education (CTE) programming throughout the Illinois community college system. The selected focus areas align with the Illinois State Plan for CTE, statewide need, and national initiatives in CTE. Grant recipients will be able to choose from the three improvement project areas below. These project areas are general in nature to provide for local innovation and flexibility in implementation. Each objective adheres to Section 135 of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). Applicants must thoroughly review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) before applying.

  • Enhancing Student Transitions
  • Support Services for CTE Students
  • Strengthening the CTE Educator Pipeline


Posted: April 28, 2020
Grant Range: $25,000-$100,000
Grant Period: July 01, 2020 – December 31, 2021
Eligible Applicants: Community Colleges
Grant Type: Competitive
Applications Due: July 10, 2020 to


Grant application materials:


Pursuant to federal EDGAR guidelines, grantees are required to submit quarterly reports. Quarterly reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter. As the period for this grant spans a year and a half, there are six reporting quarters.

FY2021 CTE Improvement Grant Reporting Template