Workforce Education Grants

2018 LEA Grant Application, Guidance, and Scoring Rubric (pdf) - (word)
2018 Private, Nonprofit Entity Grant Application, Guidance, and Scoring Rubric (pdf) - (word)
2017 Workforce Education Grant Report
LEA Grant FAQs
ARSD 24:10:47 Workforce Education Grants
Final Report from 2014 Governor’s Grants for CTE

In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund through SB 235. Part of that fund was designated to provide grants for Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs in secondary schools. In 2018, up to $900,000 in grants will be awarded.

The Workforce Education Grants provide school districts and private, nonprofit entities who provide specialized training in South Dakota the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. High quality CTE programs give students the knowledge, skills and experiences to be well prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. Partnerships among secondary education, postsecondary education, and business & industry lay the foundation for modern CTE programs. These grants will efficiently increase the number of students with access to high quality career and technical education programs in the state.

The Workforce Education Grants are awarded through a competitive submission and review process. As such, grant teams are expected to make significant and meaningful improvements to Career & Technical Education programs; applications should not be one-off projects for small equipment purchases, teacher training, student transportation, or similar activities. The Workforce Education Grants are one-time awards. If additional grants are available in the future from the fund, districts will not be re-awarded funds to sustain the initial award.

2018 Grant Deadlines:

  • March 28, 2018: Grant applications due
  • April 16, 2018: Grant awards announced
  • May 2018: Grant projects commence

In 2014, Governor Daugaard awarded $8.5 million in grants (from a different funding source) to 12 districts across South Dakota. The districts who received funds have shared their stories. The final report shares what each grantee accomplished and the advice they have for other districts taking on large CTE efforts.


General questions about the Workforce Education Grants can be directed to:
Kara Schweitzer, Regional Specialist            OR              Erin Larsen, Assistant Director, Secondary CTE
Division of Career & Technical Education                        Division of Career & Technical Education                              
(605) 220-3381                                                          (605) 280-7240

The Regional Career Development Specialists on DCTE’s secondary CTE staff will be happy to discuss potential grant ideas. Contact information, by region and content expertise, is located at

For questions on financial accounting related to grant awards, contact:
Susan Woodmansey            OR                Bobbi Leiferman
Division of Finance & Management            Division of Finance & Management     
(605) 773-4748                                      (605) 773-5407