Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Research Grant

The Kentucky Reading Association is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent of our members represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievement as well. This grant encourages our members to create an action research project that encourages diversity equity and inclusion efforts with a particular focus on literacy.


Grants of up to $500 for diversity, equity, and inclusion action research literacy projects are available (Made possible by a donation from Jennifer Serravallo).


Any member of the Kentucky Reading Association.


Applications due: 5:00 PM EST on April 1, 2022

Grants awarded: May 2022

Grant implementation:  Summer 2022

How to Apply

Applications are available through the Kentucky Reading Association website. Applications consist of a description of the project idea, how it will be implemented and how its effectiveness will be measured. A proposed budget for the project, including an itemized list of books and materials to be used, is also required. Contact erin.wobbekind@uky.edu, if you have any questions about the application process.

Applications must be authored by the member implementing the project.

Judging Criteria

Winning grant proposals demonstrate:

  • Clear evidence of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
  • Clearly articulated literacy-based goals.
  • Explicit research plans.
  • Clear support for KRA goals.
  • A complete budget plan.
  • A plan for reporting the results of the project to either the KRA’s Literacy, Teaching, and Learning journal and/or the KRA Fall Conference

Note: Priority will be given to those teachers who are willing to share their knowledge and experience of the benefits of this grant through intent to submit a proposal to present at the KRA Annual Conference.

Completion and Appraisal

Upon completion of their grant plan, or no later than (date), each teacher is required to send a written appraisal of the use of the grant. The purpose of the appraisal is to aid the teacher and KRA in determining how successfully the grant was implemented. If an appraisal is not received, the teacher will be ineligible for future grants.

All sections of this form must be completed. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered or reviewed by the Awards Committee.