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Request for Applications

Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Grant 2024-25

Due: Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) provides start-up funds for the establishment of a new specialized program or school, to provide advanced instruction and training in high technology fields and in the performing arts, for students in grades nine through twelve in high schools. The Legislature intends for SSP to benefit the state economy by having programs located in close proximity to areas in which these industries are located. Funding is available for planning and implementing new programs.

Program Questions: Charlene Cowan, email:, phone: 916-319-0388

Downloading Questions: Sarah Barnett, High School Innovations and Initiatives Office, email:

Document Description
Request for Applications and Guidance (DOCX)
Instructions for completing the Specialized Secondary Programs planning grant request for applications. Includes Program Narrative Questions and guidance.
Budget Worksheet: Attachment 1 (XLSX) Provides a narrative explanation for each budget category.
Scoring Rubric: Attachment 2 (DOCX) Scoring rubric used by evaluators in scoring the submitted application. Applicants are advised to use it as a guide in responding to the Program Narrative Questions and application requirements.
Webinar Registration

To Register for the SSP Cohort 11 Webinar scheduled for
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. please email:

Certifications and Assurances

Document Description

General Assurances & Certifications
(Posted July 2023)

Required as a condition of receiving funds. Applicants do not need to sign and return them with the application; they must be downloaded and kept on file for compliance reviews, complaint investigations, or audits. Applicants that participate in the Consolidated Application - ConApp - should have a copy on file and do not need another copy. Program-specific assurances are not included here and should be listed separately on the Request for Application (RFA).

Last Reviewed: Friday, February 16, 2024
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