Bid and Proposal Opportunities

Competitive Grants from KDE

Published: 6/11/2018 2:10 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FY19 Preschool Partnership RFA

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity designed to incentivize cooperative public/private partnerships between public school districts and child care providers to develop full-day, high-quality programs for at-risk children. The incentive grant program represents an opportunity for school districts and child care providers to improve the quality of services in their communities. With funding provided through House Bill 200 (2018), the KDE is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) for school districts to partner with child care providers in an effort to develop a comprehensive plan to implement full-day, high-quality programs to serve preschool children eligible for assistance from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Below is the link to the RFA.



FY18 Migrant Regional Centers RFA
As authorized under Title I, Part C of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Office of Continuous Improvement and Support, Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits, is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) from local educational agencies 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. 
 
 
FY18 Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy RFA 
 
The purpose of the federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant is to support schools and other centers of learning in improving the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as well as academic achievement of all learners. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will help districts and their partners to develop and implement a District Literacy Leadership Team (LLT) that guides the school Literacy Leadership Teams of one or more Birth-to-12th-Grade feeder systems, guiding local school-level teams through the process. The SRCL projects will establish collaborative relationships among all providers of educational opportunities to learners (early care, school system, out-of-school time, etc.). Additionally, projects will focus on closing the literacy learner gaps of the disadvantaged by establishing specific supports for at-risk learners, Birth-Grade 12. The goal is to increase the numbers of disadvantaged learners ready for transitioning successfully at various points on this continuum.
Online Technical Assistance Sessions: February 8, 10:00 - 11:30 ET      Join online meeting
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                                                                    February 22, 2:00 – 3:30 ET       Join online meeting
 
 
FY18 New Skills For Youth Cohort II RFA 
 
The Kentucky New Skills for Youth (NSFY) Initiative incentivizes the opportunity for local districts to transition state operated area technical centers and locally operated technical centers into regional academies. Accomplished through the collaboration of two or more school districts, a technical center, a postsecondary partner, a community partner, and employer engagement, this initiative seeks to transform the delivery of career and technical education in Kentucky by:
   *        Increasing student access to dual credit opportunities and seamless postsecondary pathways
   *        Allowing students to earn industry recognized credentials
   *       Providing students Work-Based Learning (WBL) experiences
   *      Including pathways leading to the top 5 industry sectors, as identified by the Kentucky Center for Education & Workforce Statistics (KCEWS)
  
The Kentucky Department of Education has approximately $690,000 available for this grant competition.  The total award amount for each planning grant will be no more than $115,000. 
The live Webinar will be held on January 24th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the State Board Room at the 300 Building in Frankfort, Ky. 40601. The link to the session is the following,
 
     
FY18 Competency Education and Assessment RFA
As a result of input provided by the Educational Innovations Work Group during the development of Kentucky’s new accountability system and as indicated in Senate Bill 1 (2017), the state is adopting an expanded view of assessment and accountability. That view has resulted in the launching of the Competency Education and Assessment (CEA) pilot program. This pilot will support an approach to student learning and assessment that is based on several guiding principles. These principles, identified by the work group, support Kentucky’s belief that such learning and assessment methods can result in stronger and more positive outcomes for all students:
 
* Competency Based Education (CBE) allows students to demonstrate deeper learning on dimensions (skills and dispositions) not captured in current assessments that result in outcomes of success that extend beyond traditional academic performance.
 
* CBE supports the success of all students, especially those who are less likely to perform well in the current assessment and accountability.
 
* CBE shows evidence of stronger student engagement than do more traditional approaches.
 
* CBE allows (through student choice) the opportunity for students to make interdisciplinary connections across the curriculum through authentic projects and assessments.
 
* CBE can be implemented in a wide variety of districts and “customized” as needed.
 
* CBE provides additional measures of success beyond traditional academic performance.
 
This pilot will begin with an initial cohort (Cohort 1) in 2018-2019. Cohort 1 is capped at ten (10) districts, but the final number of districts chosen will depend on how many applications meet the scoring requirements as described in the “Evaluation of Application” section of this RFA. Cohort 1 will develop the system that will be the foundation for a competency-based option for learning and assessment. Cohort 1 will participate in the pilot for three years, with the goal of “earned autonomy” by the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Earned autonomy means that successful districts may be eligible to replace current accountability requirements with more competency-based measures that have been proven to result in strong student outcomes.
 
 
FY18 Homeless RFA
As Authorized under Title IX, Part A of ESSA, the Office of Continuous Improvement and Support 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 Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates funding 10-19 programs. Funding amounts will vary dependent upon availability of funds and the following needs (list is not all inclusive): homeless population, strength of academic services proposed, allowable expenditures and potential start-up programs. Districts should design a Homeless Education Program that addresses needs identified through a comprehensive needs assessment and is education focused. Budgets should be developed based on the program design and should accurately reflect amounts needed to effectively implement it. The average award for this grant is approximately $65,000. Districts may or may not receive the total amount requested. The award is based on program design and homeless count. 
 
FY18 Equipment Assistance (Round 4) RFA
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Kentucky to receive federal funds for the 2017 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants. Kentucky will receive $454,511 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.
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 month of October 2016 to document eligibility. Please refer to the KDE School and Community Nutrition web site at Qualifying Data for that figure.  In addition, SFAs may submit applications for schools that did not receive a previous NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant award under the ARRA Act of 2009 and the FY 2010, FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Acts.
 
 
FY18 Kentucky Innovation Lab Network Personalized Learning Study Group 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.
 
   
  
FY18 21st Century Community Learning Centers
 
As authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Title IV, Part B, Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), 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, such as reading, math and science.  The purpose is to provide students with homework assistance and a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs while also promoting youth development; and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Programs must ensure the academic services they provide are aligned with the school’s curriculum in the core subject areas.
 
IF YOU’RE AWARDED FUNDS FROM THIS RFA, PLEASE NOTE:
The KDE will post the top 3 applications from each awarded category with future RFAs like this one.  If your agency is awarded grant funds as a result of your application for this RFA and your application is one of the top 3 in its category, then it will be posted with future RFAs.   This will allow other applicants to see how high quality applications are developed. 
 
Please note amendments have been made for the 21st CCLC FY18 RFA regarding priority points. The original RFA has been removed and has now been replaced with the updated RFA. These amendments were made because The Kentucky Department of Education is in the process of phasing out its old accountability system and replacing it with a new accountability system created under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Kentucky Senate Bill 1 (2017). As a result of the transition, this year’s release does not include, classifications/labels (i.e., Priority Schools and/or Focus Schools). Therefore, earning additional Competitive Priority points through Priority and or Focus School identification will not be an option.
 
The questions deadline is October 23, 2017 at noon (EST). All questions must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
The application submission deadline is November 20, 2017 at 4:00pm (EST).
 
 
 
FY18 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP)  
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 $2,905,888 for use during the period beginning October 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2018.  The level of funds provided to any one school must be calculated by funding each student at $50 to $75 per year.
 
 
 
Continuation of funding for MSP
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is responsible for administering the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program (funded under Title II, Part B of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). This RFA is for the continuation of those awarded funds. Only previously awarded applicants can apply (please see MSP FY16 Awards found in competitive grants awards section for those eligible). 
 
Funding is projected to be no less than $25,855 for the performance period October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018. Amount of funding depends on the number of projects that qualify for the continuation grant.
  
 
 
Preschool Partnership – Tier 2 Implementation RFA
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in collaboration with the State Board of Education, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Child Care Advisory Council and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is pleased to announce a new grant program to be designed to incentivize cooperative public/private partnerships between public school districts and child care providers to develop full-day, high-quality programs for at-risk children. The incentive grant program represents an opportunity for school districts and child care providers to improve the quality of services in their communities.
This funding opportunity is available to new applicants and districts receiving Tier 1 planning funds in 2016-2017. Districts receiving Tier 2 implementation funds in 2016-2017 are eligible for Tier 3 continuation funds using a separate application form available here.
Questions deadline is 4:00pm (ET) May 2, 2017
Submission deadline is 4:00pm (ET) May 12, 2017
 
Preschool Partnership Grant Tier 2 Webinar 
 
Preschool Partnership – Tier 3 Continuation RFA 
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in collaboration with the State Board of Education, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Child Care Advisory Council and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is pleased to announce a new grant program to be designed to incentivize cooperative public/private partnerships between public school districts and child care providers to develop full-day, high-quality programs for at-risk children. The incentive grant program represents an opportunity for school districts and child care providers to improve the quality of services in their communities.
Funding is available to applicants receiving Tier 2 funding in 2016-2017 only.
Questions deadline is 4:00pm (ET) May 2, 2017
Submission deadline is 4:00pm (ET) May 12, 2017
 
FY17 School Improvement Grant Rd.2 (SIG) RFA
School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 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 the lowest-performing schools.
 
Questions deadline is 4:00pm (ET) April 20, 2017
Submission deadline is 4:00pm (ET) May 15, 2017
 
 
 
Preschool Partnership – Tier 1 Planning RFA
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in collaboration with the State Board of Education, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Child Care Advisory Council and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is pleased to announce a new grant program to be designed to incentivize cooperative public/private partnerships between public school districts and child care providers to develop full-day, high-quality programs for at-risk children. The incentive grant program represents an opportunity for school districts and child care providers to improve the quality of services in their communities.
Districts that did not receive Tier 1 or Tier 2 Preschool Partnership Grant funding in 2016-2017 are eligible to apply.
 
Questions deadline is 4:00pm (ET) March 30, 2017
Submission deadline is 4:00pm (ET) April 12, 2017
 
 
New Skills for Youth FY17 Cohort 1 RFA
 
The Kentucky New Skills For Youth (NSFY) Initiative incentivizes the opportunity for local districts to transition state operated area technical centers and locally operated technical centers into regional academies through the collaboration of two or more school districts, a postsecondary partner and employer engagement to transform the delivery of career and technical education in Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Education has approximately $575,000 available for this grant competition. The total award amount for each planning grant will be no more than $115,000.
 
A live webinar will be held 9:00am March 16, 2017 
The questions deadline is set for noon, May 1, 2017. All questions must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov
 
The submission deadline is set for 4:00 (ET), May 15, 2017.
 
 
2017 KyNT3 RFA
The Kentucky Network to Transform Teaching is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) for the Kentucky Network to Transform Teaching: Pilot District Grant. This program is funded by a SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) grant with the US Department of Education through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in local partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Education Association, and the (fiscal agent) Education Professional Standards Board.
The application submission deadline is March 20, 2017 at 4:00pm (ET)
As of March 1, 2017 and updates in budget guidance from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, each pilot district may be funded for up to $70,000 in 17-18.
 
 
 
2017 Energy Technology 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.  Only Energy Technology Engineering programs of study approved by the KDE Area Consultant can qualify for this grant funding. To find out if your program of study is approved, please email KDERFP@education.ky.gov. This Request For Application (RFA) will allow local school districts to apply for a grant to establish an energy technology engineering career pathway for students to enter postsecondary related programs and related careers. The following is the link to the recorded webinar which occurred January 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM.  FY17 Energy Tech Webinar Jan. 24, 2017
 
The questions deadline is February 13, 2017 at noon (ET). All questions must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov
The application submission deadline is March 2, 2017 at 4:00pm (ET)
 
  
 
FY17 Read To Achieve RFA
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates funding approximately 300 schools at an estimated $50,000 per year for a two-year period to support the hiring of one full-time reading intervention teacher and training for one classroom teacher (per year) per school. If the school is awarded RTA grant funds, the school must assure the complete sustainability of the school’s proposed intervention services for the two-year period. After this two-year period, RTA schools will be eligible to request a grant renewal for an additional two years contingent upon successful implementation of all program components, grant requirement compliance, demonstrated student progress and the availability of funds.
 
The Kentucky Read to Achieve: Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant provides schools with competitive funds to design and implement a reading intervention program and/or practices that address the needs of primary (K– 3) students reading at low levels.
The selected intervention program should promote effective instruction and be based on trend data specific to the needs of the struggling readers in the school.
As specified in KRS 158.792 1c, the reading intervention selected by the school must:
 Allow for short-term, intensive instruction in the essential skills necessary to read proficiently
 Be provided to a student by a highly trained teacher
 Be delivered one-on-one or in small groups
 Be evidence-based, reliable, and replicable
 Be based on ongoing assessment of individual student needs
 
 
 
 
FY17 21st Century Community Learning Centers
 
As authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Title IV, Part B, Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), 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, such as reading, math and science.  The purpose is to provide students with homework assistance and a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs while also promoting youth development; and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Programs must ensure the academic services they provide are aligned with the school’s curriculum in the core subject areas.
 
IF YOU’RE AWARDED FUNDS FROM THIS RFA, PLEASE NOTE:
The KDE will post the top 3 applications from each awarded category with future RFAs like this one.  If your agency is awarded grant funds as a result of your application for this RFA and your application is one of the top 3 in its category, then it will be posted with future RFAs.   This will allow other applicants to see how high quality applications are developed. 
 
The questions deadline is October 20, 2016 at noon (EST). All questions must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
 
The application submission deadline is November 17, 2016 at 4:00pm (EST)
 
 
 
 
FY17 School Improvement Grant
 
School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 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.
Kentucky has approximately $7,087,009.00 available for use in identified schools. Each school may apply for a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $2 million per grant year.  KDE intends to make first year awards available by November 1, 2016.
 
 
 
FY17 Equipment Assistance (Round 3) RFA
 
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Kentucky to receive federal funds for the 2016 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants.  Kentucky will receive $532,112 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.
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 month of October 2015 to document eligibility. Please refer to the KDE School and Community Nutrition web site at Qualifying Data for that figure.  In addition, SFAs may submit applications for schools that did not receive a previous NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant award under the ARRA Act of 2009 and the FY 2010, FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Acts.
 
 
 
FY17 Mathematics Achievement Fund Grant 
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates funding approximately 90 schools at an estimated $50,000 per year to support the hiring of one full-time mathematics intervention teacher (MIT) and training for the intervention team consisting of the intervention teacher and two classroom teachers per school. Grants are renewable for up to four years, contingent on successful implementation of intervention components, grant requirement compliance, demonstrated student progress and the availability of funds.
The Mathematics Achievement Fund (MAF) 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 to meet grade level or benchmark expectations for mathematics. The intervention services should promote evidence-based 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 shall:
§ be provided to a student by a highly trained, certified teacher
§ 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 (one on one or students grouped for the specific purpose of receiving appropriate intervention services).
The fiscal agent for the application for public schools shall be a local school district.
 
The questions deadline is August 31st, 2016 at noon (ET). All questions must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
The application submission deadline is October 4th, 2016 at 4:00pm (ET). All applications must be sent to KDERFP@education.ky.gov.
 
 
FY17 Preschool Partnership Grant – Tier 1 Planning
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in collaboration with the State Board of Education, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Child Care Advisory Council and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is pleased to announce a new grant program to be designed to incentivize cooperative  public/private partnerships between public school districts and child care providers to develop full-day, high-quality programs for at-risk children. The incentive grant program represents an opportunity for school districts and child care providers to improve the quality of services in their communities.
 
 
FY17 Preschool Partnership Grant – Tier 2 Implementation
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in collaboration with the State Board of Education, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Child Care Advisory Council and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is pleased to announce a new grant program to be designed to incentivize cooperative public/private partnerships between public school districts and child care providers to develop full-day, high-quality programs for at-risk children. The incentive grant program represents an opportunity for school districts and child care providers to improve the quality of services in their communities.
 
 
FY17 Perkins Reserve Fund for Industry Certification
 
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 Industry Certifications.  The Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006 provides funds to supplement and enhance career and technical education.
The Kentucky Department of Education has approximately $750,000 available for this grant competition.  The total amount award for each grant will be no more than $15,000.   Applicants awarded the grant for industry certifications will receive funds, via reimbursement, for 2016-2017 preparatory students.
 
 
 



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