The Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student achievement and experiences for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Fairfax County Public Schools. FATE sponsors the CTE Program Improvement Grants to encourage educators to identify and develop solutions to educational challenges.


Any CTE program teacher (regular

education) of Fairfax County Public Schools

is eligible to apply for funding from FATE.

Collaboration is encouraged; applicants may

apply individually or as team members.

Proposed projects may benefit individual

classrooms, an entire school, a region, 

group of schools, or the school division.

In future years, applications for continuation of current grants will be considered, once the current grant has expired, and the final grant report has been submitted and accepted.


The FATE CTE Program Improvement Grants program seeks to support the broader CTE improvement agenda. Successful applications will incorporate elements of school improvement, which directly impact student achievement.

FATE is interested in funding innovative projects and ideas; projects that challenge learners to think at higher levels, are cross-curricular, are learner-centered, and that achieve outcomes effectively and imaginatively.

It is the goal of FATE to provide support with a ceiling of $10,000 in funding per year for this program.

Preference will be given to program improvements that maximize financial reach of the CTE Program Improvement Program.


FATE seeks innovative projects that challenge students to excel personally and academically, particularly those that are designed to “close the achievement gap.” FATE recognizes that many strategies may be employed to accomplish this goal, including those that address family involvement, staff development, student learning, and school-to-business/community partnerships. Most favorable consideration will be given to those projects that have specific performance or outcome measures and can be replicated.


Applications must be typed on the forms provided on the FATE website. No more than 6 pages will be accepted, including the proposed budget.

Principals must sign applications for school projects. In addition to submitting your application, the grant applicant must be willing to provide a PowerPoint or similar presentation, upon request, to FATE with the understanding that the applicant is willing to allow FATE to use this presentation for publicity purposes at public events at its discretion. Winning applicants may also be asked to appear at different events or to talk about their program and its success, as a way of promoting the CTE Program Improvement Grants program.                                                                                                                                            


  • The educational need is clearly defined, including the impact on the school/community.
  • The grant request is to fund projects that are not funded through the school division or local school budgets.
  • The strategy is fully described and a brief action plan is included.
  • There is a clear link between the proposed strategy and how it impacts the educational need.
  • A plan for measuring the anticipated outcomes is included.
  • Budget is cost efficient and clearly supports the project tasks.
  • Elements of school improvement are incorporated.
  • Plan can be replicated, if successful.
  • Application is free of educational jargon so that non-educators can easily understand.
  • Although FATE would like to fund all that are submitted, there is a limited amount of funds available.


  • Grant funds are released directly to a school or department, not to an individual(s). If the applicant(s) leave(s) the school or department after the grant has been awarded, the grant remains with the school or department.
  • All applications will also be reviewed at the same time, by the CTE Coordinator, prior to being evaluated by FATE.

Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE) CTE Program Improvement Grant

 Applications must be submitted to FATE by March 8th
in order to be considered for this school year’s funding cycle.

Fairfax County Public Schools
Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc.
CTE Program Improvement Grant
8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Cubicle 5049
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Or email your application to F8te71@gmail.com


Thank you for your interest in submitting a grant request to FATE. We are very excited to review your application.

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program improvement grant awards

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Falls Church Academy - Fire/EMS, Ambulance


Chantilly Academy - Entrepeneurship, "Purple Express" School Store


Edison High School -

Army JROTC CPR and First Aid Program


South Lakes High School Business and Information Technology, Seahawk Cyber Patrol After School Program focusing on Cyber Security 



CTE Program Improvement GRANT

"The addition of the ambulance totally makes the training of an EMT possible - for me, being able to learn and work on our ambulance better prepares me for a position at a fire station." -Current Fire/EMS student

"I am excited to run it for fourth quarter because it is a good way to practice the entrepreneurial skills that I have learned."

-Alle, past assistant manager of Purple Express