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Striving Readers

Published: 4/27/2020 2:23 PM
April 2020 FAQ

Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) FAQ

​2018 Striving Readers Grant Awardees
AdairBellevue IndBerea Ind
Breathitt Co
Carter Co 1Carter Co 2
Casey Co
Christian Co 1Christian Co 2
Clark Co
Clinton CoCrittenden Co
Cumberland Co
Danville IndFayette Co
Floyd Co 1
Floyd Co 2Fulton Ind
Garrard Co
Glasgow IndHarlan Co
Hart Co
Jackson CoLaRue Co
Livingston Co
Martin Co
Menifee Co
Metcalfe Co
Middlesboro Ind
Monroe Co
Owensboro Ind
Owsley Co
Paris Ind
Russell Co
Russellville Ind
Southgate Ind
Warren Co 1
Warren Co 2
Washington Co
Wayne Co
Webster Co
Whitley Co
Williamstown Ind
Wolfe Co


About the Striving Readers Grant

The United States Department of Education (USED) has awarded the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) a 3-year, $24.9 million grant to support the development of pre-literacy skills, reading and writing among Kentucky’s children.


The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Discretionary Grant Program is designed to create a comprehensive approach to advance literacy in children, including those with limited-English-proficiency and those with disabilities, from birth to grade 12.


Kentucky’s proposal, Kentucky Comprehensive Literacy – A Framework for Literacy to Unify and Engage Networks of Teachers (KyCL:FLUENT), aims to refine and strengthen existing professional learning supports and systems for literacy development across the Commonwealth. Using the Kentucky Literacy Plan and a peer-review grant process, KDE will assist schools and agencies to develop and implement comprehensive literacy plans. Objectives focus on gains in oral language skills for 4-year-olds, Kindergarten readiness, increased reading proficiency at all school levels and increased content proficiency at the secondary level.


The SRCL project will:

  • use an established, high-quality independent peer-review sub-grant process to prioritize awards to eligible, high-need school districts;
  • limit sub-grantees to those serving clear birth to grade 12 feeder patterns; and
  • provide a slate of state-supported and/or endorsed initiatives that are aligned to Kentucky’s state literacy plan and meet moderate or strong evidence standards.


In December, the sub-grant process will open to Kentucky school districts with large percentages of high-need students. With a requirement for plans to link from early childhood providers to elementary schools, the process will require strong commitments from local school districts and early learning partners and will require their inclusion in state, district and local literacy teams.


The SRCL project will serve 200,000 young children and students from birth to grade 12; 14,000 Kentucky teachers and early learning specialists; and 600 sites in 45 public school districts.


More information is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program webpage


2018-2019 Timeline 
  • Requests for Application (RFA) released - Early January
  • Technical Assistance for grant proposal development - February 1, 2, 5
  • Online Technical Assistance Q&A - February 8, 15, 22
  • District Intent to Apply Notice Due - March 2 - Submitted via email at
  • Proposal Peer Review & Feedback - Mid-March - Frankfort
  • Grant Awards Announced - On or before April 9 - Commissioner's Monday Email
  • District Comprehensive Literacy Plans Due - June 15 - Submitted via email at
  • District Comprehensive Literacy Plans Review by State Literacy Team - June 18-20 - Embassy Suites, Lexington
  • District Literacy Plan Revisions if necessary - June 20-28
  • Funding available to districts - July 1 - Districts through MOA and KDE
  • Professional Learning Institute #1 - July - August 2018 - TBD
  • Summer Convening for Literacy Leadership Teams - Mid July - TBD
  • Job-embedded Learning - September 2018 - June 2020 - Districts, Schools, Regions 

Danna Steele
Office of Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2106 ext. 4746

​Striving Readers Grant Update

Awards List

Grant Proposal Technical Assistance

 Critical Fact Sheet 

Technical Assistance Webinar

Kentucky State Literacy Plan

DRAFT Striving Readers Funding Matrix with MUNIS Codes - This funding matrix is in draft form. Please know that some items are subject to change.  

Literacy Perks

Literacy Planning Booklet

KDE's SRCL Logic Model

Kentucky Department of Education’s Grant Application

Request for Application (RFA)


Grant and Application FAQ 

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