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CTEIG Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers on the 2020-21 Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG).

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I already received a CTEIG award. Do I have to submit an application to renew the grant?

Yes, CTEIG grants do not “renew,” so you must apply each year. For more information on renewal grant applications, see page 3 in the Request for Applications (RFA).

What does positive consideration mean?

Positive consideration means that your Local Educational Agency (LEA) will receive additional funds from the grant for meeting the Positive Consideration Criteria. Page 1-2 of RFA.

Can we request up to our match or is there a cap on what we can ask for?

You may request any amount that you are able to match keeping in mind the $2 local to $1 state match. There is no guarantee that you will be funded for the amount requested. Page 2-3 of RFA.

Does the match have to support a specific pathway program?

Matching funds should be used to either support the pathway/program for which the application is written or to support the larger Career Technical Education (CTE) program. This should be apparent when completing the High-Quality CTE Program Evaluation. Page 3 of RFA.

Can 2019 - 20 match be used when calculating match for this round of funding?

No. The grant period for the current application is July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Your match must come from fiscal years 2020-21 and/or 2021-22. Page 2 of RFA.

Can bonds be used for match?

Maybe. You must look at the language of the Bond to determine if it qualifies as CTEIG match. The Bond language must address CTE specifically.

Can an LEA apply as a consortium and individually?

Yes. A single LEA may apply as part of a consortium, and they may also apply individually. The LEAs total ADA will be split between the consortium application and the single application as the total ADA for the LEA cannot be exceeded. The lead on your consortium application must submit the consortium application first, prior to an individual LEA within the consortium application submitting their individual application. Page 10 of RFA.

How do I know which box to check when filling out the Program Evaluation? If this is a competitive grant, are we, as applicants, determining our scores?

You are evaluating your own program. Select the box that best describes your current program. The California Department of Education (CDE) will review the application, including the self-evaluation, and will determine a score which may or may not match the score you give yourself. Pages 14-16 of RFA.

If the applicant evaluates and provides scores for their own High-Quality CTE Program Self Evaluation & Plan, how will CDE score this part of the application?

The CDE will verify scores based on the “evidence on file” that you list on the self-evaluation form. This should be evidence that the LEA can supply to the CDE if asked. Page 6 and 16 of the RFA and Attachment I.

If you rate yourself as exemplary in everything does that improve your score?

No. The total minimum score to be considered for funding is 27. There will be no positive consideration for applications with a higher score. Page 16 of RFA.

If we are a consortium, how should the High-Quality CTE Evaluation be completed?

All participating LEAs in the consortia should complete the High-Quality CTE evaluation. The Lead LEA should then consolidate the participating LEAs’ information onto one evaluation. The Lead LEA should submit all evaluations and the consolidated evaluation as part of the application package. Page 16 of the RFA.

Can CTEIG funds be spent on classified staff salary and benefits?

CTEIG funds can be spent on anything related to your CTE program as described in the State Board Agenda Item. If you include classified staff, you must explain specifically how that person supports the CTE program. Page 17 of RFA.

Can a consortium hire a CTE counselor using CTEIG funds?

Yes. You must show need when completing the High-Quality CTE Program Evaluation. Page 16 of RFA.

Can CTEIG funds be used to start a new CTE program?

Yes, applications may include a new CTE program, however the minimum score required to be considered for funding is 27. If a new program does not score high enough on the High-Quality CTE Program Evaluation, the LEA may want to consider using the evaluation as a starting point using local funds to build their program and apply for CTEIG the following round. See Attachment I.

On the budget narrative worksheet, do matching dollars have to be shown for each object code? For example, do we show a $10,000 salary match for $5,000 salary requested?

No, you do not have to match for each object code, but you do need to match in total, meaning that the Budget Totals need to add up the $2 for $1 match overall. Page 20 of RFA and Attachment II.

Do CTEIG expenditures and matching funds need to be coded with Goal Code 3800 or 6000?

Yes. All CTEIG expenditures and matching funds must be coded with goal code 3800 (CTE) or 6000 (Regional Occupational Centers and Programs). Page 4-5 of RFA.

What if I submit additional Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) pages that do not reference CTE? Is there a penalty?

Yes, additional LCAP pages that are submitted and that do not include CTE will be deducted 1 point. Page 22 of RFA.

What if I am applying and do not have CTE in my LCAP?

If you are an entity that 1) is required to have an LCAP, and 2) has received funding before, you will not be able to receive funding for this round and until CTE is represented in your 2019–20 LCAP (see Education Code 53073(b)(2). Page 22 of RFA.

As the CDE receives more questions, this FAQ will be updated.

In lieu of the 2020-21 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), LEAs have been instructed to create a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCAP). Which document should we submit?  

For this CTEIG application, please submit your 2019-20 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), and be sure to only include pages that specifically mention “CTE” or “Career Technical Education.

What if our 2019-20 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) mentioned Career and College Readiness, but not “CTE” or “Career Technical Education”?

Per EC 53070.1(a)(2)(E), the LCAP must include “CTE” or “Career Technical Education”. See page 22 of RFA.

Can in-kind contributions be used as match?

No. All match must be real dollars.

Can you use CTEIG funds for paid internships for students?


What if I can’t email my pdf, because the file is too big?

We are currently working on an alternative submission process. More information will be provided by Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Can Title one funds be used for match?

Title I funds may be used to match funds as long as the matched Title I funds are used as required by Title I. The Title I, Part A Authorized Use of Funds Web page, located at , provides general criteria when approving activities or expenditures supported with Title I, Part A funds.

I have a question about matching funds and "double dipping. "Can I use the same budgeted amounts to match both SWP and CTEIG


How do I get my account information?

There is no “account information”. Enter the email of the LEA employee who will be responsible for the CTEIG grant. Do not enter the email for an independent contractor/grant writer, it must be an employee at the LEA.

If there is a change of membership in a consortium application from 19-20 do we need to do a new Attachment 1 for each consortium member?

No. If a consortia member is added, add a new Attachment I for the new consortia member. If a consortia member is no longer part of the consortia, do not include their Attachment from the previous year. PGMS must reflect all current consortium members.

Questions:   Career Technical Education Leadership Office | 916-322-5050
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 4, 2020
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