New or Preservice Teacher Mini Grant

A grant for $500.00 is available for a new or preservice teacher to attend the annual Kentucky Reading Association (KRA) conference. This opportunity is designed to encourage new teachers to join a professional organization and become actively involved in the statewide network of teachers, educators, and administrators dedicated to improving literacy for learners across the Commonwealth.

Any K-12 level educator with 0-3 years teaching experience, who is a member of the Kentucky Reading Association. Applicants that are not current paid members of KRA will not be considered.

Applications due: 5:00PM EST on April 30, 2021

Grants awarded:  May, 2021

Grant implementation: 2021-2022

The application consists of a description of your professional teaching narrative and your current resume. A proposed budget for conference fees totaling $500 must be included. Contact if you have questions about the application process.

Please provide documents in one of the following formats: .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .pdf

Contact, if you have any questions about the application process.

Applications must be authored by the educator implementing the project. 

Judging Criteria

Winning grant proposals demonstrate:

  • Clearly defined and reasonable narrative that contributes to good teaching and/or literacy practices;
  • Encourages active independent engagement of reading;
  • Practices represent diversity and inclusivity;
  • Objectives aligned to and support Kentucky’s Academic Standards

Completion and Appraisal

Upon completion of conference attendance; or no later than December 31, 2021, each educator is required to send a written appraisal of the conference. The appraisal is meant to aid KRA in determining the benefits and outcomes of attending the annual KRA conference. If an appraisal is not received, the teacher will be ineligible for future grants.

NOTE: Receipts or PO’s are due by December 31, 2021.

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