Career and Technical Education Innovation Grant


The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation Grant is a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) competitive grant program was established to fund the development and implementation of a CTE curriculum framework and pathway that is innovative and includes best practices used by world-class CTE programs. The vision for CTE in Maryland is grounded in ensuring that each student has access to opportunities to engage in career pathways that will lead to earning industry-recognized and/or postsecondary credentials that allow for entrance or advancement in a career field; and will provide internship or apprenticeship opportunities that require the application of academic and technical knowledge and skills in a work setting. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation Grant supports Maryland’s Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community colleges in the adoption, development, and implementation of a career and technology education pathway, in arts and/or advanced academics, which leads to high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand careers in support of Maryland’s workforce and economic development.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide was released on Monday, December 18, 2023.

Application Submission Date

Monday, February 5, 2024. No later than 5:00 pm EST.

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold three customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the application process. The sessions will be on:

Monday, January 8, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Video Call Link

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Video Call Link

Thursday, February 1, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Video Call Link

MSDE program staff will also be available to provide customer service throughout the grant application process.

Grant Application Timeline

December 18, 2023
Grant application period opens.

February 5, 2024
The grant application period closes.

February 6, 2024
MSDE will begin reviewing submitted applications on a rolling basis.

March 8, 2024
MSDE will complete notifying applicants of the award status.

Program Contact

If you have questions, please contact:

Tiffany DeJesus
Director of Operations, Accountability, and Strategy
Office: (410) 767-0518

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following customer service support sessions.