Streamlining equitable pathways from high school to postsecondary education and into the workforce

The Program

Supporting pathways to reduce inequities

The new California Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program aims to help California’s economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while addressing long-standing social and economic inequities in higher education and workforce participation. The program is made possible by a $250 million appropriation to the Department of General Services (DGS) in the Budget Act of 2021.

Program Requirements

The Regional K-16 Education Collaborative Grant Program requires a collaborative to meet all of the following criteria, by law:

How to Qualify

Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program Collaborative Self-Assessment Checklist

The program uses a two-phase grant process. Collaboratives are encouraged to use the self-assessment checklist below in order to evaluate which grant phase is most appropriate.

What are Phase 1 and Phase 2?

Phase 1 is for existing collaboratives that already include all required partners and are fully operational and prepared to move forward immediately upon receipt of grant funds. Phase 2 is for collaboratives that need or want to engage in further planning and development before applying for a grant.