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Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching (KAET) - Grow-Your-Own Program Start-Up Grant

Grants to Kentucky School Districts and
Schools to Promote Teacher Recruitment

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Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) - Division of Educator Recruitment and Development

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Deadline Date:

06/11/21 4:00 PM ET


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Grants of $50,000 to Kentucky school districts for programs that promote teacher recruitment in high schools. Funding is intended to help schools and districts create and develop individualized programs that address teacher shortages and expand teacher workforce diversity. Grants can be used to establish grow-your-own pipeline partnerships between school districts and post-secondary institutions.

Funds are available to support activities in high schools and school alumni. The project can propose work supporting students in multiple schools but should be focused enough to have the potential for a significant impact on the participating schools.

Allowable use of funds for expenses specific to the district’s KDE-approved plan developed for this grant:

  • Salary (up to $25,000)
  • Professional learning
  • Scholarships
  • Stipends for teacher leaders
  • Stipends for students (e.g. summer programs)
  • Program supplementation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194971

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

An estimated 10 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total award amount for each mini-grant will be $50,000.

Term of Contract:

This is a competitive grant for a single award amount (i.e. not multiple years). The project activities can begin as soon as funds are received. Grant funds must be expended by September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to Kentucky public school districts and state schools. Districts submit the application and will apply on behalf of high school(s).

Unallowable Use of Funds
- Equipment purchases such as smartboards, computers, printers, tablets
- Incentive items such as T-shirts
- Food
- Alternative pathways to teacher certification (e.g. Option 6 MAT tuition)
- Program supplantation

Pre-proposal Conference:

To assist applicants in preparing a quality proposal, the KDE will offer a technical assistance session for the purpose of application preparation.

The technical assistance webinar will be posted on April 9, 2021. Watching this recorded TA session is recommended.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is June 11, 2021, by 4:00 PM ET.

The deadline to submit questions is May 3, 2021, by 4:00 PM ET.

Proposals will be reviewed between June 28 and July 2, and awards will be posted to the KDE website on August 16, 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Direct questions and submit applications to:
Jennifer Bryant
Kentucky Department of Education

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky

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