Fund Your Program

    Learn about Perkins funding and how to request funds for CTE programming on your campus.

    The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins grant is to develop more fully, the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary education students who enroll in CTE programs. Our district goals, to meet the provisions of the grant, include:

    • integrating academics with CTE programs using a coherent sequence of courses
    • linking CTE at the secondary and postsecondary levels
    • providing students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of an industry
    • developing, improving, or expanding the use of technology in CTE programs
    • initiating, improving, expanding, and modernizing quality CTE programs, including relevant technology
    • providing services and activities that are of sufficient size, scope, and quality to be effective
    • providing activities to prepare special populations for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations that will lead to self-sufficiency

    Perkins Requisition Process

    Timeline for 2016-2017 school year

    • September: Campus CTE Meeting with CTE Program Specialist
    • October 14: Perkins Requisitions due to Career Readiness Department
    • October 17-21: Career Readiness Department reviews all Requisitions received **(Due to the high volume of applications the review period may be extended)
    • November 9-30: Career Readiness Department notifies campuses of approvals/denials
    • November 9-30: Career Readiness Department places order through the procurement department
    • November – December: Campuses start receiving orders. Campus CTE Department Chairperson is required to notify campus front office to expect and receive items. Once the campus receives items, verification of order and/or packing slips must be submitted to Monika Banos at Route 1.

    Process Template

    Use the process template when meeting with your campus CTE Program Specialist as you begin to discuss campus priorities for Perkins purchases

    Perkins Process Template

    Sample Application

    Preview last year’s sample of the requisition form before you begin completing your 2016-2017 application

    The Job Growth Projection data needed for your requisition can be found through the Workforce Solutions website below. Scroll down under ‘Commonly Requested Reports’ and click on the ‘Gulf Coast Area Occupational Projections 2022’ item.  From this link, you will be able to access the information you are looking for.


    Allowable purchases

    Please note that the Career Readiness department works diligently in trying to fulfill all of your requests to enhance your programs. However, please know that the Career Readiness department is obligated to meet the grant and district parameters when approving your requests. Not all items will be available for purchase and not all vendors meet the district’s policy.

    The following items are not allowed for purchase using Perkins funds:

    • Consumables. Consumables are intended to be used up and then replaced. Examples include paper, ink, CO2 cartridges, replacement batteries, toner, and replacement printer cartridges.

    Please keep this in mind when requesting items such as printers. The campus will be responsible for purchasing any toner, paper, and other consumables that may go along with these items.

    • Furniture
    • Vehicles and trailers

    How to use the Procurement website to find approved vendors

    1.  On the Houston ISD select Directory, then click “Procurement”.   


    2.  In the left column of the Procurement website, click on “Board Approved Vendor List”. 

    3.  Under Vendor Name you will need to click the drop box to choose "contains" then click on submit.


    Submitting a Quote

    A quote from a vendor provides the estimated cost for a particular job or service.

    Call or email the vendor and request a written quote with HISD pricing for the specific items you would like.

    HISD has contract pricing which is not found on websites and in catalogs. For this reason, you will need to contact vendors to get HISD special pricing via a quote.

    These examples are NOT Quotes:

    Shopping cart screen shot:
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    Hand written order form:
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