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Grants to Kentucky Public Elementary Schools for Remedial Reading Programs for K-3 Students


Conference Date


Application Deadline

01/21/22 4:00 PM ET - Receipt

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Geographic Focus

USA: Kentucky

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Kentucky Read to Achieve: Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant

Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #138946

Grant Description

Grants to Kentucky public elementary schools for literacy programs that assist students in grades K-3 who are reading below grade level. Funding is intended for student literacy assessments and to provide support services, including highly trained teachers, for students who need to improve their reading skills. Schools awarded the RTA grant must ensure the implementation of a reading intervention program for tiers 2 and 3, and a comprehensive reading program at the tier 1 instructional level.

The reading intervention program must:

  • Align to the KAS for Reading and Writing;
  • Offer short-term intensive instruction in the essential skills necessary to read proficiently; 
  • Support tier two or three instruction;
  • Be research-based, reliable, and replicable; 
  • Be based on the ongoing assessment of individual student needs; and 
  • Supplement, not replace regular classroom instruction.

The comprehensive reading program must:

  • Align to the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Reading and Writing; and
  • Emphasize the essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Funding will support the following:

  1. Professional learning in understanding the cognitive processes and skills involved in learning how to read, including the essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension); and 
  2. Teacher implementation of a reliable, replicable research-based reading intervention program that:
    • Uses a balance of the following to address the diverse learning needs of those students reading at low levels in the primary grades (K-3):
      • Diagnostic tools and instructional strategies that emphasize:
        1. Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and  comprehension; 
        2. Connections between writing and reading acquisition; and
        3. Generating the motivation to read. 

For information about Tiers 1, 2, and 3 instruction, and Implementation Requirements, see page 9 of the RFA in Supporting Documents, below.

For information about allowable expenses, see page 25 of the RFA in Supporting Documents, below.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A public school that enrolls primary students, including the Kentucky School for the Blind and the Kentucky School for the Deaf, shall be eligible to apply.

For a list of Professional Learning Providers, see page 15 of the RFA in Supporting Documents, below.

For information about non-allowable expenses, see page 27 of the RFA in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Technical Assistance Session is scheduled Monday, January 3, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ET.

To assist districts in preparing a quality application, the KDE will offer one free virtual live technical assistance session available to all applicants. Attendance is not required but encouraged, as this will be the only opportunity for live Q&A. The live session will be recorded and posted on KDE’s competitive grants page.

Applicants should advise the KDE within seven working days of the scheduled technical assistance sessions of any special accommodations needed for attendees.

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Pre-Application Information:

The KDE must receive, in its email inbox, the application by 4:00 p.m. (ET) Friday, January 21, 2022.

- Monday, January 3, 2022: Live Technical Assistance Webinar
- January 4, 2022, by 4:00 p.m. ET: Deadline to Submit Questions
- On or Around January 7, 2022: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Released Online
- Wednesday, January 12, 4:00 p.m., ET: Deadline to submit request for approval of off-list professional learning provider(s)
- Friday, January 21, 2022, 4:00 p.m., ET: Application deadline
- February 21-25, 2022: Application review and scoring by independent evaluators
- On or around April 22, 2022: Awards posted

Schools that are awarded RTA grant funds must provide matching funds. The match will be at 100 percent of grant funds.

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Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates funding approximately 225 schools.

Estimated Size of Grant:

An estimated $62,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Two years. After the two-year period, RTA schools will be eligible to request a grant renewal for an additional two years.

The first MOA effective date is anticipated to be July 1, 2022 and funds will be eligible for use from the MOA effective date through June 30, 2023. Additional MOA contracts will be developed as needed to extend grant awards.

Contact Information:

Submit questions and applications to:

Jason Kendall
Office of Finance and Operations​
Division of Budget and Financial Management
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2351

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