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Open Door Grant Program


During the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, House Bill 1507 created section (s.) 1009.895, Florida Statutes (F.S.), to establish the Open Door Grant Program (Open Door), which will provide funds to support student completion of short-term, high-demand credit and non-credit career and technical education (CTE) programs at career centers and Florida College System (FCS) institutions. The Open Door Grant Program was established for the purpose of:

  • Creating and sustaining a demand-driven supply of credentialed workers for high-demand occupations by addressing and closing the gap between the skills needed by workers in the state and the skills of the available workforce in the state.
  • Expanding the affordability of workforce training and credentialing.
  • Increasing the interest of current and future workers in short-term, high-demand career and technical education credentialing and certificate programs.

The Open Door Grant Program funds may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, examination, books and materials. The Florida Department of Education will provide grants to agencies on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no single agency receiving more than one-quarter of funds.

New Information for 2022-23

Request for Application

**Note: The Excel workbook was updated on 9/22/2021 to correct drop down lists on Tab B1 and the list of FDOE-approved IET programs.

Minimum Base Allocations

Amendment Process

Project amendments may be proposed by the Open Door Grant project recipient or by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) program manager. Amendments will be approved only if the approval procedures described by the FDOE are followed. The “Green Book” is the FDOE’s official guide for the Project Amendment procedures. Refer to the Quick Reference Amendment Chart found in the Green Book Section B - Project Amendments Procedures on page B-4.

An Open Door Grant project recipient may not begin to expend or obligate federal funds under a project amendment until the latter of the following two dates: (1) the date the FDOE receives the amendment in substantially approvable form or (2) the date approved by the FDOE program manager. Amendment requests must be received by the FDOE in substantially approvable form prior to the end date of the project indicated on the Project Award Notification form (DOE 200).

Questions regarding Open Door Grant amendments should be sent to opendoor@fldoe.org.

Program and budget amendments for 2021-22 grant projects must be submitted no later than Monday, May 16, 2022.

Grant Reporting Requirements and Template

Agencies are required to submit quarterly reports on students awarded funds through the Open Door Grant Program. See the following resources for reporting.

Resources

Key Dates

  • September 15, 2021 – FDOE released the Request for Application.
  • September 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) – FDOE hosted a webinar to review the Request for Application.
  • September 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – FDOE posted a webinar to review the Request for Application.
  • September 28, 2021 – For questions received by September 24, 2021, FDOE will post written responses on its Open Door webpage so they are available to all agencies.
  • October 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) – Deadline to submit completed application to be considered in the first review period.
    • A completed application must be submitted via email to: opendoor@fldoe.org. Of the funds appropriated to the program, 25 percent will be reserved for rural institutions for applications received by this date.
  • November 1, 2021 at 5:00p.m. (EDT) – Final deadline to submit a completed application to be considered for an Open Door grant allocation.
    • A completed application must be submitted via email to: opendoor@fldoe.org. Agencies that do not submit an application by this date will not be considered.
  • December 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) – Deadline for agencies that did not submit an Open Door Grant application to submit a signed DOE100A, Project Application Form, and Assurances document to opendoor@fldoe.org, in order to receive the minimum base allocation. For agencies that submitted an Open Door Grant Program application and would like to opt out of receiving the minimum base allocation, a notification must be sent by this date to opendoor@fldoe.org.
  • February 23, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • FDOE hosted a webinar to review the data reporting requirements, including an overview of the reporting guidelines, template, and submission process. NOTE:  The reporting template was updated after this presentation; the final column numbers will not match this presentation.
  • April 15, 2022 – Deadline for Submission of the Q1 2022 Open Door Grant Reporting.  Files must uploaded to the designated Grant Reporting ShareFile.  See header “Open Door Grant Reporting” section above for details.

Questions regarding the program may be directed to opendoor@fldoe.org.