Competitive Grants from KDE

Published: 4/20/2015 10:30 AM
Regional Dropout Prevention Grant Program
 
As authorized under KRS 158.146(5), the Office of Next Generation Schools and Districts is issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) for Regional Dropout Prevention Grants.  This is a one (1) year grant beginning FY2015 and ending FY2016.
 
To improve graduation rates across the state of Kentucky and ensure that every student has a chance to graduate from high school college- and career-ready, schools and districts need to meet the needs of all students at risk for dropping out. 
 
The purpose of the Regional Dropout Prevention Grant is to provide funds to support districts with low dropout rates in providing training and technical assistance to districts in their region to implement strategies that support students who are at risk of dropping out. 
 
The Regional Dropout Prevention Grant will help to identify the reforms necessary to ensure student success and further the process of lowering Kentucky’s dropout rate. The goal of the grant is to share ideas and best practices on how districts can play a pivotal role in reducing the dropout rate by creating a strategic vision. 
 
Questions deadline is Monday, May 11, 2015 at 4:00 noon (EDT). All questions need to be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
RFA Submission Deadline is set for Monday, June 22, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT)
 
 
 
Perkins Federal Reserve Grant
 
As authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006, the Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) for Kentucky local school districts, area technology centers and postsecondary institutions to apply for a Perkins Reserve Fund Grant for New Career Pathway Development.  The Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006 provides funds to supplement and enhance career and technical education.
 
 
The purpose of the grant is to develop a career pathway that includes a four-course sequence at the secondary level and incorporates the corresponding courses at the postsecondary level.  The pathway must result in high school graduation, recognized industry certification, associate degree, and/or baccalaureate degree.  Secondary students transitioning to postsecondary education must receive credit for all of the sequence of courses they have passed and not be required to retake a course they have already completed.  Likewise, postsecondary students transitioning from an associate degree to a baccalaureate degree must be given credit for the courses they have completed and not be required to retake a course or courses they have already completed. 
 
Questions deadline is Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:00 noon (EDT). All questions need to be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
RFA Submission Deadline is set for Thursday May 28, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT)
 
 
 
Equipment Assistance grant for School Food Authorities RFA
 
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Kentucky to receive federal funds for the 2014 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants.  Kentucky will receive $613,036 to assist School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program in purchasing needed equipment to meet the new nutritional standards for schools as required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  In addition, the Kentucky Department of Education is providing $432,034 from the Direct Certification Award funding to supplement the Equipment Assistance Grants.  Therefore, the total amount available for awards is $1,045,072.
 
Deadline for submission of questions will be Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Deadline for submission of application will be Friday, April 13, 2015
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Empowering Effective Educators
 
A need to define leadership roles and responsibilities for effective teachers has grown out of the development of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System. Empowering teacher leaders can impact teacher equity for all students, build leadership capacity for all staff, and increase the quality of teaching and learning. As a part of the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP) grant, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking applications from Kentucky schools interested in demonstrating current or planned strategies to utilize effective teachers in teacher leadership roles. Identified recipients will provide feedback on achievement of goal outcomes, policy implications and support for scale of work.
 
The Empowering Effective Educators (E3) Grant provides schools with funds to design and implement a teacher leadership structure that addresses the needs of building capacity of staff and recognizing the impact of teacher leaders on continuous improvement of schools.  The teacher leadership program should promote the use of highly effective teachers in various leadership roles based on the needs of the school.
 
Deadline for submission of questions will be 12:00pm noon EDT, Monday, March 9, 2015.
Deadline for submission of application will be 4:00pm EDT, Monday, April 6, 2015.
 
 
2015 Migrant Education Program Regional Centers Grant
 
As authorized under Title I, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Office of Next Generation Schools and Districts, Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits, is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) from local educational agencies, educational cooperatives, or public universities/colleges to develop and implement technical assistance and professional learning programs that facilitate the educational and support services needed for identified migrant children and their families.
 
The Migrant Education Program provides states with funding based on counts of migrant children between 3 and 21 years old. A migratory child is defined as a child less than 22 years of age who is a migrant agricultural worker or fisher, or who has a parent, spouse or guardian who is a migrant agricultural worker and who has moved across school district boundaries within the previous 36 months to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work.
 
Children of migrant workers are affected by repeated moves, disruption in schooling, poverty, health needs, social isolation and language barriers. These children run a greater risk of failing to meet the challenging state content and performance standards that all students are expected to meet. Low academic achievement and frustration with school cause many migrant children to drop out in their early teens. In order to reduce the impact of those educational barriers, the U.S. Congress authorized federal funding to establish the Migrant Education Program (MEP) in 1966 under the authority of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The United States Department of Education (USED) currently administers the Office of Migrant Education (OME), which is responsible for meeting the special needs of migratory children and youth.
 
The questions deadline will be 4:00 pm (EST), February 16, 2015. 
The RFA submission deadline is 4:00 PM (EDT), March 16, 2015.
 
 
 
21st Century Community Learning Center FY15 RFA
 
As authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Title IV, Part B, the Office of Next Generation Schools and Districts is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) for local school districts, community and faith-based organizations, as well as other qualifying private and governmental organizations to design and implement effective out-of-school programs that improve student achievement and social development.
 
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program provides academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high–poverty and low performing schools, to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects; to provide students with homework assistance and a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs and promote youth development; and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Programs must ensure that the academic services they provide are aligned with the school’s curriculum in the core subject areas.
 
 
2015 Partnership Planning Grants / Early Graduation and Dual Credit RFA
Commissioner Terry Holliday and the Kentucky Department of Education announce a one-time $5,000 grant opportunity to promote partnerships between high schools and higher education institutions to plan for implementing the Early Graduation accelerated pathway in conjunction with Dual Credit while students are in high school. The grants, totaling $20,000, will support developing partnerships between secondary and post-secondary institutions and align expectations for educational rigor to prepare students for college and careers.
 
The application deadline is Monday, December 22, 2014, at 4:00 pm EST.​
 
Early Graduation and Dual Credit RFA
White Paper - Secondary
2015 Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Education Program RFA
 
As authorized under Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Kentucky Department of Education is issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) from local educational agencies to develop and implement programs that facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youth.
 
The Intent to Apply will serve as your request to attend the online Technical Review session.  The Intent to Apply deadline is Tuesday, December 2, 2014. 
 
The questions deadline is Monday, December 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm EST.
 
The application deadline is Monday, February 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm EST.
 
 
McKinney Vento Homeless Education FY15 RFA
Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act is also known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2001.  The purpose of these funds is to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool, as provided to other children and youth. Educational programs and services may be provided on school grounds or at other facilities.  If services are provided on school grounds, the district must give priority to homeless children and youth, but may include children who are at risk of failing or dropping out of school.  Districts are encouraged to develop their programs in collaboration with local homeless service providers. 
 
Below are the 2015 Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Education Program RFA and Call for Reviewers.
 
 
FY15 Project Lead the Way Grant RFAs and CTE Energy Grant RFA
 
Kentucky legislation provides funding to both the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Department of Education to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education initiatives throughout the state. This Request For Application (RFA) will allow local school districts to apply for a grant to establish and sustain existing PLTW Engineering Pipeline and Biomedical Science and CTE Energy Grant career pathway for students to enter postsecondary related programs and related careers.
 
The deadline for submission of questions is 12:00 Noon(EST), Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
The deadline for submission of applications is 4:00 pm(EST), Monday, December 8, 2014.
 
FY15 Biomedical Sciences RFA
FY15 Energy Technology RFA
FY15 Engineering Pipeline RFA
Energy Grant Changes - RFA TA Nov 2014
OCTE RFA Presentation 110714
FY15 PLTW and CTE Energy grant Q and A
 
 
2014 Instructional Transformation Grant RFA
 
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has been leading work over the last four years to support teachers in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), known in the state as the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS). In addition to ELA/Literacy and Math standards, the KCAS also encompasses the Next Generation Science Standards and the development of state social studies standards. While the KCAS provide guidance for college and career readiness for Kentucky’s students, supports and feedback for those implementing the standards must also be addressed.
 
Many districts have been engaged in learning more about the Literacy Design Collaborative or Math Design Collaborative strategies for implementing the KY Core Academic Standards (KCAS) and progressing their students to College and Career Readiness. For some districts, interest may have just begun while others have been deeply involved over the past three years. Regardless of their starting point of interest, districts have the opportunity to begin or continue this work with KDE support through a grant opportunity. The grant not only will support districts to implement strategies for successful implementation of the KCAS, but also focuses on teacher leadership for building capacity in your district. In addition to KDE support, grant recipients will receive $50,000 for smaller districts or $100,000 for larger districts (as defined in the Request for Application) for professional learning and to support the work
 
The KDE seeks approximately 20 - 30 districts to integrate critical strategies for raising student achievement, emphasizing teacher leadership capacity and assessment literacy.
 
An informational webcast was held on August 22nd to discuss the goals of the grant, benefits to districts and the timeline for applying. Please click 
here
 to watch the webcast archive. The questions deadline is Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm (EDT). The RFA submission deadline is Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm (EDT).
 
 
2014 Mathematics Achievement Fund RFA
 
The Mathematics Achievement Fund grant provides schools with funds for teacher training and implementation of intervention services that address the needs of students in the primary program who are struggling with meeting grade level or benchmark expectations for mathematics.  The intervention services should promote effective instructional practices in mathematics.  Selected mathematics intervention services should be based on data specific to the needs of the identified students. 
 
As specified in
KRS 158.844
, the intervention services selected must:
§ 
be provided to a student by a certified teacher with training in intervention services for primary students
§ 
be based on reliable, replicable research; and
§ 
be based on the ongoing assessment of individual student needs.
 
The mathematics intervention services and programs selected by schools will determine the instructional method required for implementation (e.g., one on one, students grouped for the specific purpose of receiving appropriate intervention services).
 
The fiscal agent for the application for public schools must be a local school district.
 
 
 The questions deadline is September 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm (EDT). The RFA submission deadline is Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm (EDT).
 
 
 
2014 Kentucky Global Schools Network: Learn and Launch Grants RFA
 
Global competence is critical for innovation in the 21st century. The next step for Kentucky’s commitment to college- and career-readiness is to ensure that global-readiness is a part of this strategy. To borrow from an NEA policy brief on the issue, this means that students acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of international issues and an appreciation of and ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, proficiency in a foreign language, and the skills to function productively in an interdependent world community.
 
The Kentucky Board of Education, at its June 2014 meeting, reiterated a commitment to this focus and Commissioner Holliday pledged support to elementary and middle schools wishing to ‘learn and launch’ global competency and world language programs that support these aspirations.
 
Below is a Request for Applications (RFA).  Applications will be due August 15.  We anticipate being able to fund approximately 13 projects. 
 
 
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2014-2015 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program RFA
 
Recent Federal legislation, Public Law 110-234, The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, authorized funds for expansion of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Elementary schools that represent a State’s highest free and reduced price enrollment are eligible to participate in the Program and are given priority for being selected due to their high need level.   The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools.
 
Kentucky has been allocated $2,919,403 for use during the period beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.  The level of funds provided to any one school must be calculated by funding each student at $50 to $75 per year.
 
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Administration & Support is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) from elementary schools, schools containing grades PreK-6, or any combination thereof, to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  The RFA is posted on the
KDE Competitive Grants web page
.
 
The application deadline is Monday, June 23 at 4:00 pm (EDT).
 
 
 
 
School Improvement Grant (SIG) FY14 RFA
 
School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 are grants to state educational agencies (SEAs).  SEAs, in turn, make sub grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.  A list of eligible schools/districts is shown on page 2 of the RFA.
 
Turnaround Application
Transformation Application
School Closure Application
Turnaround Rubric Application for Evaluating LEA
Transformation Application Rubric for Evaluating LEA
School Closure Application Rubric for Evaluating LEA
 
 
Project Lead the Way FY14 (Engineering Pipeline, Energy Technology and Biomedical Science) RFA
 
Kentucky legislation provides funding to both the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Department of Education to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education initiatives throughout the state.  KDE has selected PLTW as the curriculum for this pathway.  This Request For Application (RFA) will allow local school districts to apply for a grant to sustain existing Engineering Pipeline, Energy Technology and Biomedical Science career pathway for students to enter postsecondary related programs and related careers. 
 
 
FY14 Read to Achieve - Request for Application (RFA)

 

The Office of Next Generation Learners is issuing a RFA for the “Kentucky Read to Achieve: Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant.”  This program is established in KRS 158.792, under the intent that elementary schools provide diagnostic reading assessments and intervention services for those students who need them in order to learn to read at the proficient level.  This grant provides funding for local schools to offer intervention services for struggling readers in the primary program (K-3).
 

 

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