Perkins Local Application

The Perkins V Federal Grant for Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides funds for approved Career and Technical Education programs. In Minnesota, funds are distributed on the basis of state-approved career and technical education programs and appropriate teacher licensure. Programs are administered under Minnesota Rules Chapter 3505 and the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) approves Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE) that meet teacher licensing and other criteria. These programs are eligible to access federal Perkins V funds. Districts that accept these federal dollars must report enrollment and student proficiency for CTE courses and programs to the department.

Important Dates

  • Application Opens: March 15, 2020
  • Application Closes: May 1, 2020
  • Annual Performance Report Opens: Sept. 1, annually
  • Annual Performance Report Closes: Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. 

Each consortium will give a joint presentation on their proposal local application to a panel of Minnesota State and MDE staff. (Presentation options: 90 minute face-to-face, WebEx, or ITV).

Step-by-Step Videos for Navigating Amplifund

  • Paper Instructions: Amplifund Applicant User Guide for Minnesota Users
  • Watch: An overview of the entire Amplifund system specifically for Perkins consortium leaders
  • Watch: How to see your list of users and create users/add a new user
  • Watch: How to start a new Perkins Local Application
  • Watch: How to switch from your Amplifund dashboard view to your online application (Applicant Portal) view
  • Watch: How to cut, copy, and paste your text (Video by the people at My Computer Works)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know who has access to my Perkins Local Application in Amplifund?

When you log into your Amplifund account, you can see a list of all the people who have access to your application. Watch this short video for instructions on how to do that.


Our consortium contacts have changed and we need to give access to a new coordinator? Who do I do that?

Anyone in your consortium who has access to your Amplifund account can invite and give someone else access to your Perkins Local Application(s). Watch this short video on how you can add a new user.


I am working with two consortia. I need access to both consortium applications. How do I get access to both in Amplifund?

Contact yingfah.thao@minnstate.edu and ask to be added to both consortia. Once you've been invited to join, you will be able to toggle between both consortium online applications. You will have access to both current applications and any previous applications submitted.


How do I know if programs offered at my college or in my school district are Perkins-eligible?

For postsecondary programs: To determine whether programs offered by a college are Perkins-eligible, refer to the college’s official academic program inventory. All campus and system office employees should be able to run a current program inventory through EPM 11. Information and a link to the Program Inventory tool can be found on the Academic Programs webpage under the section called Academic Programs Login Information. You must use Microsoft Internet Explorer as your web browser in order to use EPM 11.

If you have trouble running the inventory or questions, contact Sheri Hutchinson, Academic Program Director, Minnesota State system office at Sheri.Hutchinson@minnstate.edu or (651) 201-1685.

Because some have encountered issues running the inventory off-site/off-campus, we exported a copy of the academic program inventory for reference. Note these files were exported on 4/2/2020. If additional changes were made to the inventory after this date, those changes are not reflected in the following PDF files. You will need to run a current academic program inventory for your institution or work with someone at your institution (IR or someone in academic affairs) to run an inventory for you for the most up-to-date information.

For secondary programs: Refer to the MDE website under the program approval page for a listing of all approved programs.


What are you looking for in response to Narrative #1: Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, in the grant application?

Think of your response to this question as an “executive summary” of your CLNA. This is your opportunity to identify the big take-aways from your CLNA and add any additional contextual information you find to be helpful in explaining them.


What information and how much detail is needed for the part that states "Description and Measure” listed on the CLNA framework document on each action plan element page?

Provide a brief description of the action to be taken and how it will be measured to determine if progress was made. Include only the minimum information you need to track this item. 

I need technical support with the Amplifund software, not the local application questions. Who should I contact?

You can always contact yingfah.thao@minnstate.edu or karl.ohrn@minnstate.edu. In addition, you may use Amplifund's technical support system which is built into Amplifund. The Amplifund Support team may be able to resolve your technology question faster because they have access to more support tools than our staff is allowed to have. These are common questions the Amplifund support team can help you with:

  • I can't submit my online application.
  • I need help downloading my application.
  • I uploaded a document and now I can't delete it.
  • Amplifund is not saving my work.
  • I forgot my username and/or password.
  • I need to find last year's application.


I can't find the correct forms and attachments I need to upload and include. Who do I contact?

Start by going to our Perkins Local Application webpage. We've tried to post the most updated forms there but sometimes we miss one. If you can't what you're looking for, contact yingfah.thao@minnstate.edu.

 

All of the forms listed here are required and must be submitted with your online application as attachments. 

Statement of Assurances Form Secondary Supplemental Budget Form

Consortium Consolidated Equipment Inventory Form

  • No template is provided for the Consortium Consolidated Equipment Inventory; use a local form/document (Refer to Perkins V Operational Handbook, page 34 for required information).

For postsecondary programs: To determine whether programs offered by a college are Perkins-eligible, refer to the college’s official academic program inventory. All campus and system office employees should be able to run a current program inventory through EPM 11. Information and a link to the Program Inventory tool can be found on the Academic Programs webpage under the section called Academic Programs Login Information. You must use Microsoft Internet Explorer as your web browser in order to use EPM 11.

If you have trouble running the inventory or questions, contact Sheri Hutchinson, Academic Program Director, Minnesota State system office at Sheri.Hutchinson@minnstate.edu or (651) 201-1685.

Because some have encountered issues running the inventory off-site/off-campus, we exported a copy of the academic program inventory for reference. Note these files were exported on 8/12/2020. If additional changes were made to the inventory after this date, those changes are not reflected in the following PDF files. You will need to run a current academic program inventory for your institution or work with someone at your institution (IR or someone in academic affairs) to run an inventory for you for the most up-to-date information.

For secondary programs: Refer to the MDE website under the program approval page for a listing of all approved programs.

The Annual Performance Report for FY20 is due on Oct. 1, 2020.

A session scheduled for September 10, 2020, as part of the professional development monthly webinar series, is scheduled to walk you through the APR questions. State staff will be available to answer any questions you have regarding the questions or Amplifund. Be sure you register to get a link to join this session.

If you have questions about the application or need further clarification on specifc sections of the local application (e.g., completeing the budget form, required signatures for the Statement of Assurance forms, uses of funds, secondary supplementla budget sheet, CLNA CLNA, programs of study, etc.) contact:

For technical assistance and support with Amplifund, contact:

For questions on performance levels, contact:

Help Us Make Improvements

We need your feedback so we can make improvements to the Perkins Local Application. Please take a few minutes to take our online survey. 

CTE Works! Virtual Summit | A Bold Vision Beyond 2020

November 3, 2020

Visit the CTE Works! Summit website for the call for proposals, call for exhibitors, speakers, schedule, and lodging. This annual Summit is jointly sponsored by Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Education in partnership with the Minnesota Association for CTE Administrators (MACTA) and Minnesota Association for CTE.