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Quality Improvement Grant Information

At the Mid-Year School Readiness Summit on Friday, March 10, 2017, teams were offered the opportunity to apply for grant funding through the Quality Improvement Grant Initiative.

Teams that have attended a School Readiness Summit event in 2015, 2016 and 2017 are led by a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent or other representative of the Superintendent. Teams created an action plan to improve school readiness through collaboration with other agencies in their district. Throughout the three years of School Readiness Summit events, every school district in Kentucky has had the opportunity to apply to attend a School Readiness Summit. Teams that have attended the School Readiness Summit events have had the opportunity to apply for the Quality Improvement Grant Initiative. Summit Teams must include all requested Quality Improvement Grants into their action plan, justifying the need for the grant(s) as part of their overall plan to improve school readiness in their community.

The information below supersedes any and all information/documentation about the Quality Improvement Grants offered at the 2017 Mid-Year School Readiness Summit. There were several changes made to the grant opportunity at the event on March 10, 2017. Any questions may be directed to Amanda Riley


Quality Improvement Grant Initiative Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is eligible to apply for the Quality Improvement Grant Initiative?

Teams that have attended a School Readiness Summit event in 2015, 2016 or 2017.

 

Which teams may apply for the Quality Improvement Grant Initiative?

Teams from 2015 and new teams in 2017 have the opportunity to apply for up to three grants. 2016 School Readiness Summit Teams who only received one grant award have the opportunity to apply for up to two more grants, if that team was present at the 2017 Mid-Year School Readiness Summit.

 

What is different about the grant opportunities in 2016 and 2017?

At the 2016 Summit, teams had the opportunity to apply for grants by partnering with a licensed child care center. 2017 Mid-Year School Readiness Summit Grant Applications are not required to partner with a licensed child care center; however, collaboration is encouraged across program types including: preschool, Head Start, and child care.

 

How many Quality Improvement Grants may my team apply to receive?

Teams from 2015 and new teams in 2017 have the opportunity to apply for up to three grants. 2016 School Readiness Summit Teams who only received one grant award have the opportunity to apply for up to two more grants, if that team was present at the 2017 Mid-Year School Readiness Summit.

 

What is the maximum award through the Quality Improvement Grant?

Each grant award will be up to $15,000.

 

Can my team combine applications for one total grant award?

No. Teams must complete an application for each grant opportunity (up to three applications). Teams may not combine applications. Each application can request up to a total of $15,000.  

 

Does my team have to submit more than one action plan?

Teams may submit one action plan which includes how the team will utilize all requested quality improvement incentives, including the Quality Improvement Grants.

 

When are applications due?

Applications are due April 7, 2017. Applications must be received by the deadline. 

 

When will my team receive funds?

Funds will be disbursed by June 30, 2017.

 

When is the deadline for my team to have spent funds?

For 2017 Quality Improvement Grants, funds must be spent by 9/30/17 and proof of expenditures is due by 9/30/17 to the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood.

 

Is the deadline to spend funds the same for grants given out at the 2016 School Readiness Summit?

No. For Quality Improvement Grants awarded at the 2016 School Readiness Summit, funds must be spent by 4/30/17 and proof of expenditures is due by 4/30/17 to the Division of Child Care.

 

When is the deadline for grant activities to be completed?

Grant activities may take place after 9/30/17 as long as funds are spent by that date.

 

Will my team definitely receive the Quality Improvement Grant?

Grant opportunities are not guaranteed. Each team must fill out an application for each grant opportunity. Each application must be tied back to the team’s action plan. If the action plan is not tied to the Quality Improvement Grant(s) the team has requested through the grant opportunity, grant funding will not be awarded.

 

Does each application have to be awarded to a separate agency?

There is no limitation on the entity or entities that may receive funding. The Quality Improvement Grant Initiative encourages collaboration across agencies. As long as the action plan and grant application clearly show collaboration and the appropriate authority signs the application cover page, grant funding will be awarded to the entity shown on the application cover page. Funds may be spent by different agencies, but the grant award will be given to the entity shown on the application cover page and that entity is responsible for showing proof of expenditures for all grant funds.

 

Can I have an electronic version of the application?

A link to view and download the application is on the right hand side of this page.

 

Are there limitations on how the grant funds may be used?

Federal grant funds will support the Quality Improvement Grant Initiative. Federal grant funds may not be used to purchase playground equipment or food, and other stipulations may apply. 

 

Can my team apply for a grant opportunity even if another team is in the same county?  

Each team is eligible for up to three grant opportunities, regardless of where the team is located. This may mean that one county receives up to six grants in total because two teams are in the same county. Teams are encouraged to collaborate, to the extent possible, to ensure all money is used to support the entire community. Each team will only need to include the Quality Improvement Grants requested by that team into the team’s action plan.

 

Does each grant application (or award) have to serve a different purpose?

 Each grant must be tied back to the action plan. The grants can all be utilized for the same (or different) purposes, but all of those details must be described in the action plan.