Competitive Grants from KDE

Published: 10/2/2015 9:23 AM
School Academic Liaison Grant RFA
The Office of Learning Services is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) through the Special Education Division of the Regional Education Cooperatives (coop).  The grant will fund four liaisons to serve districts and schools who are struggling with meeting grade level or benchmark academic expectations.  Through the Kentucky Department of Education’s State Personnel Development Grant, 4 awards [e.g. $60,000 each] will be made to coops to hire liaisons to assist in closing the achievement gap in their region while also developing online materials to support teacher professional growth (e.g. PGES, CT4CG) and Novice Reduction using sustainable practices. 
The questions deadline is 4:00 pm (EDT), Monday, September 28, 2015.
The RFA application submission deadline is 4:00 pm (EDT) Monday, October 12, 2015.
Kentucky Global Schools Network: FY16 Learn and Launch Grant
Global competence is critical for innovation in the 21st century. Educational approaches sensitive to our changing world infuse global awareness and cultural understanding into everyday classroom practices, while also utilizing the technological resources available to teachers and students today. A learning environment rooted in global competence empowers teachers and students to develop deep cultural knowledge and explore the ways in which culture influences identities and worldviews. Teachers and students also engage with world issues and challenges, and conceptualize ways to address them together. Openness and curiosity are developed and are critical to global perspective-building and problem-solving processes.
The purpose of the first “Learn and Launch” grants, released in July of 2014, were to provide elementary and middle schools with additional funds to access VIF International Education resources, which are proven to enable educators to effectively integrate global content into their core instruction, while also providing support for planning an effective implementation of a strong world language and global competency program.
This second round of “Learn and Launch” grants are to continue expanding the knowledge base and experiences of Kentucky schools using the provider, VIF International Education.
Intent to apply deadline is Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT). The questions deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT). All questions need to be sent to RFA Submission Deadline is set for Thursday, September 28th, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT)
2015-2016 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP) 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 $2,956,284 for use during the period beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016.  The level of funds provided to any one school must be calculated by funding each student at $50 to $75 per year
The application deadline is Monday, June 8th at 4:00 pm (EDT).
Kentucky’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program is designed to improve the performance of teachers, students and administrators in the areas of mathematics, science, technology and engineering. The MSP program is based on the premise that everyone benefits when K-12 education (teachers and administrators) and higher education institutions work closely together to improve mathematics and science learning. It emphasizes the need for stronger connections between content and pedagogical experts in mathematics, science, engineering and technology within higher education, and educators in elementary, middle and secondary education.  It is anticipated that the Kentucky Department of Education will award approximately 5 grants at $200,000 for year 1 (August 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016). Approximately $200,000 for the second year (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017), could be awarded dependent upon evaluation, project success, evidence of impact on pedagogical content knowledge growth and student achievement, and availability of funding.
Intent to apply deadline is Monday, May 11, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT). The questions deadline is Monday, May 18, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT). All questions need to be sent to RFA Submission Deadline is set for Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT)
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 18, 2015 at 4:00 noon (EDT). All questions need to be sent to
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
RFA Submission Deadline is set for Thursday June 4, 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
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.
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.


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