Funding Sources for Project Discovery & Achieve Life Skills

Funding Sources for Project Discovery & Achieve Life Skills

The Project Discovery and Achieve Life Skills programs developed by Education Associates help students learn about their career interests and gain entry-level job skills in key career areas.  Using an applied, hands-on approach to career exploration, Project Discovery helps students with disabilities to become Job Ready and increases their chances for a successful transition to employment.  With Achieve Life Skills programs, students gain the key employability and independent living skills to become Life Ready.

There are many sources of funding available to help schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) purchase and implement academic and vocational resources like Project Discovery and Achieve Life Skills.  Identifying and pursuing these sources of funding can seem daunting.  Education Associates is here to help by highlighting some of the key funding streams and suggesting how best to utilize them!



American Rescue Plan Act

This $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package includes over $123 billion for K-12 state education agencies. The distribution of this K-12 funding (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund) allocated to each state and district will be based on the relative amount of Title I funding received. Funds may be used for any allowable use under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Carl D. Perkins Career & Technology Education Act, and Adult Education & Family Literacy Act.

Project Discovery and Achieve Life Skills solutions support activities as defined by IDEA, Carl D. Perkins, and the Adult Education & Family Literacy Act.  In addition our curriculum specifically supports programs to address learning loss, evidence-based summer enrichment and comprehensive after-school programs – all elements that can be funded with ARP relief grants.



Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that all children with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living. IDEA funds may be used for programs where students gain key transition skills.

Project Discovery and Achieve Life Skills curriculum provides a coordinated set of activities to develop a compliant Transition Plan.  Through Project Discovery, students learn about realistic interests, strengths and preferences and are better prepared to make an informed decision about their post-secondary outcomes.


Perkins Funding

Carl D. Perkins Act

The Perkins Act provides $1.2 billion in federal support for career and technical education programs in all 50 States, including support for integrated career pathways programs. Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study.

Since Perkins Funds are prioritized for career and technical education, our Project Discovery materials are a perfect fit.  These materials provide a hands-on career exploration program to help students discover their career passions and interests and gain valuable job skills.


Dropout Prevention Grants

Lower Dropout Rates & Increase Transition Success

School districts may use different federal funds or competitive grants for dropout prevention efforts.

Project Discovery is a National Dropout Prevention Network Model Program (NDPN), and is a natural fit for this funding.  The NDPN has identified 15 proven strategies for addressing dropout prevention.  Project Discovery addresses many of these: Active Learning, Educational Technology, Career & Technical Education, Individualized Instruction and more!


Title I

Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act

Title I provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families. Each school determines by itself how to use Title I funds.  They can be used to improve curriculum and programs; enhance instructional activities, counseling and parental involvement; and increase staff.

Title I monies may be used for Project Discovery and Achieve Life Skills.  With the key academic core content that is embedded in the curriculum, students learn basic English and language arts skills in an applied manner as they follow instructions to perform job tasks.  They also learn math skills in many diverse career areas, such as carpentry, food service, caregiver and greenhouse work.


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