FY21 Re-Engagement RFA
The Kentucky Department of Education is pleased to make available funding to assist schools and district in re-engagement efforts through a mini-grant opportunity. These funds are intended to provide specific, targeted supports and interventions for students who have a prior drop-out status, are at risk of dropping out, or have been unreachable since the COVID-19 shelter at home orders. The primary aim of the grant is increasing the numbers of students becoming re-engaged in the educational process towards graduation.
This is a competitive grant for a single award amount (i.e. not multiple years). The KDE has approximately $400,000 available for this grant competition. The total award amount for each mini grant will be a one-time $50,000 award, allowing for an estimated 8 awards.
The project activities can begin as soon as funds are received. Grant funds must be expended or encumbered by September 30, 2021.
FY21 Re Engagement
FY21 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP)
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.
For the 2020-2021 school year, funds will be allocated for the period of October 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The level of funds provided to any one school must be calculated by funding each student at $50 to $75 per year.
FFVP FY21 RFA FINAL
FFVP previous cycle FAQ
FY21 FFVP Invited Sites
FY20 Visual Performing Arts RFA
KRS 158.7992 , the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) shall establish a program that promotes the integration of the arts in schools containing elementary grades. A school shall submit an application through the district superintendent, with the agreement of the school council or of the principal, if a council does not exist. The department shall award a grant to at least one (1) school per region based on the quality of the application in meeting the criteria established in subsection (2) of this section. Special consideration shall be given, but not limited to, a school that does not have an existing comprehensive arts program.
The questions deadline March 6, 2020 at 4:00 PM (ET). All questions must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
The application submission deadline is March 27, 2020 at 4:00pm (ET)
The Technical Assistance was provided March 3, 2020 at 10:00am(ET).
FY20 Visual Performing Arts RFA
VPA Mini Grant District Budget Summary
MiniGrant 30-60-90 Template
VPA FY20 call for reviewers
VPA Technical Assistance recording
VPA FY20 FAQ
FY20 Equipment Assistance (Round 6) RFA
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Kentucky to receive federal funds for the NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants. These funds were provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, (Public Law 116-6). Kentucky will receive $584,820 to assist School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These funds will be awarded via a competitive grant process to SFAs giving priority to high need schools (e.g., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment) where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals. KDE will use the most recent October Qualifying Data available to document eligibility. Please refer to the KDE School and Community Nutrition web site at
Qualifying Data for that figure. Applications should only be submitted for schools that have not received a previous NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant.
KY DOE Equipment Assistance RFA
Application Checklist and Scoring for Equipment Assistance FY20-21 Paragraph Scoring
FY2020-21 KY Equipment Assistance Application
SP15-2019a2_1 Standard Terms and Conditions
Equipment Assistance Call for Reviewers
FY20 Equipment Assistance FAQ
FY20 Kentucky Comprehensive Literacy (Round1) RFA
The purpose of the Kentucky Comprehensive Literacy (KyCL) grant is to support schools in improving the reading and writing achievement for all learners from birth to grade 12. Through a literacy needs assessment, the district and school will develop comprehensive literacy plans with four (4) year funding for initial implementation. Districts will create a Literacy Leadership Team that will guide the school-level Literacy Leadership Teams, birth to grade 12, in the feeder systems. The KyCL projects will establish collaborative relationships among all providers of educational opportunities to learners (e.g., early childhood providers, schools and districts, community partners). Additionally, projects will focus on closing the literacy learner gaps of the disadvantaged by establishing specific supports for at-risk learners, birth to grade 12. The goal is to increase the numbers of disadvantaged learners ready for transitioning successfully at various points on this continuum.
The questions deadline is March 20, 2020 at 4:00 (ET). All questions must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
The application submission deadline is April 13, 2020 at 4:00pm (ET)
Due to current circumstances and the limitations of social distancing, it is understandable if KyCL grant applicants are having difficulties with aspects of the applications. If your district is experiencing difficulty in acquiring signatures and/or partner letters, be advised that a more lenient approach to these pieces are acceptable. For instance, electronic signatures are an acceptable alternative. Contact KDERFP@education.ky.gov is you have challenging circumstances. Please note that the due date for the application has not been altered from 4/13/20 by 4:00 ET.
KyCL round 1 RFA 3.23 Amend
KyCL RFA Technical Assistance recording
Assistance Session 2
KYCL Technical Assistance
Evaluating Evidence for KyCL grant programs recording
KyCL Technical Assistance Calendar UPDATE
KyCL call for reviewers
KyCL General Tech Asst power point
KyCL District Budget Narrative
FY20 KYCL FAQ
KyCL Tech. Asst. Slides 101
KyCL Tech. Asst. Slides 102
KyCL Tech. Asst. Slides 103
KYCL Q & A Session 1
KYCL Q & A Session 2
FY20 Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Supplemental RFA
Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL), Kentucky Department of Education's comprehensive literacy program, is now planted in 44 feeder systems spanning the commonwealth. SRCL districts have indicated their desire and commitment to continuous literacy improvement. Our State Education Association's (SEA) strategic plan includes a focus on early literacy and the state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan targets making real progress on closing achievement gaps and success for all students. KDE's strategic and ESSA plans center on "cultivating conditions for all schools and districts to achieve equitable and comprehensive success for all students and promoting a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement" (ESSA KY State Plan, 9).
The questions deadline is December 13, 2019 at 4:00 (ET). All questions must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
The application submission deadline is January 10, 2020 at 4:00pm (ET)
The Technical Assistance session is December 9, 2019 at 2:00pm (ET)
SRCL Supplemental Technical Assistance
FY20 SRCL Supplemental RFA
SRCL Supplemental-RFA Call for Reviewers
FY20 Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Supplemental FAQ
FY20 Kentucky Innovative Learning Network Travel Fund RFA (KYILN)
There are many schools in Kentucky implementing components of personalized learning, and district leaders are encouraged to visit exemplar schools within our state. There are also many examples of personalized learning across the country, and district leaders may benefit from site visits to other hubs of educational innovation, such as schools committed to competency based education or piloting blended learning initiatives. This grant is intended to support travel to exemplar schools outside the state of Kentucky. A list of suggested schools and other entities is included as Appendix B but travel is not limited to the suggestions in Appendix B and no particular preference will be given to applications for travel to schools mentioned in Appendix B. This grant is not intended to support travel to national conferences unless the conference is hosted by a school.
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.
Funds are allocated to states for use during the period beginning October 1, 2019 and ending September 30, 2020. The level of funds provided to any one school must be calculated by funding each student at $50 to $75 per year.