Initiatives / Career Pathways / Grants


Through grantmaking and partnership, we work to increase the number of Boston students who progress through career pathways that are engaging and relevant, address community needs, and prepare young people to enter meaningful careers.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Career Pathways Grants are now closed.

Career Pathways funds grants in 2 areas:

Foundations of Career and Academic Learning (FOCAL Grants)

FOCAL Grants will support schools interested in integrating school-wide efforts around career readiness, with specific attention on leveraging personalized learning plans through MyCAP.

Initiative for Deepening and Expanding Access to Learning through Career Pathways (IDEAL Career Pathways Grants)

Ideal Career Pathways Grants will support schools and their career-focused partner organizations to increase student access and persistence in existing career pathways by supporting pathway development in elements of high quality pathways.


  • April 5, 2024: Application opens
  • April 8 - April 26, 2024: Optional Office Hours for Prospective Applicants via Calendly
  • May 7, 2024: Application due by 4:00 pm as attachments to or electronically through this form
  • Mid-May 2024: Participating Schools Notified
  • June 2024: Grantee Information Session 
  • June 2024-August 2025 : Grant Period


  • Public secondary schools in Boston that enroll students in grades 6-12; schools must include grades 9-12 at a minimum. Priority will be given to efforts that support multilingual learners and students with disabilities. 
  • Nonprofit organizations with an existing partnership with a public school in Boston (district or charter) that enrolls students in grades 9-12 focused on career learning and skill-building through their school-based partnership work
  • Priority will be given to applicants who participated in the DESE College and Career Advising Professional Development series presented through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or school teams who participated in the district’s full MyCAP Professional Development sessions (FOCAL Grants only).

If you have any questions, please email LaVonia Montouté, Senior Director of Career Pathways,

SY 2023-2024 Grantees

Pathway Planning

  • Boston Green Academy
  • Boston International Newcomers Academy
  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School
  • Margarita Muñiz Academy
  • O’Bryant School of Math and Science
  • TechBoston Academy


  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School
  • Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
  • UAspire


  • Apprentice Learning
  • Brighter Boston with the O'Bryant School of Math and Science
  • Charlestown High School
  • Cristo Rey Boston High School
  • Fenway High School
  • Margarita Muñiz Academy
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center