Grants for Ready4K Family Engagement

The Ready4K Equity Grant represents a unique opportunity for early learning organizations to provide Ready4K to their families.

Recipients of the grant will receive significant financial and implementation support to bring Ready4K to their families for up to three years. Grant recipients are responsible for funding the balance of the program not covered by the grant.

Equity Grant Application

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can we use the funds for?

The Equity Grant program provides matching grants to significantly reduce the cost of getting started with Ready4K for organizations serving economically disadvantaged families. The grant has been established through a partnership with philanthropic organizations dedicated to serving highly impacted communities.

Funds may be applied toward setup, licensing and customization fees to provide your families any of our programs: Ready4K Core, Ready4K Trauma-Informed, and Ready 4K Personalized Learning.

What are the requirements to qualify for the maximum grant available?

To qualify for the maximum funding levels of Equity Grant program, an institution must:

  1. Be a new Ready4K customer
  2. Serve a high percentage of economically disadvantaged families, as defined at the bottom of these FAQs
What is the maximum available grant award?

Qualifying organizations will receive the following grant, based on the duration of their Ready4K program:

  • Tier 1: 75% off program fees
  • Tier 2: 100% off Year 1; 25% off Year 2
  • Tier 3: 100% off Year 1; 50% off Year 2
What if we’re not eligible for the maximum grant?

For organizations below the thresholds outlined below, grants of up to 20% of program costs will be awarded.

What kinds of organizations can apply?

Any of the following types of organization serving families of children age birth through 5th grade may apply:

  • School districts
  • Community-based organizations
  • Head Starts
  • Government assistance programs
  • Health care providers

 

State agencies and existing Ready4K partners are not eligible for the Equity Grant.

What are the costs to my organization?

The matching grant covers a portion of the program, but not the entire cost of the program. The total cost to your organization will be based on four factors:

  1. The Ready4K program you choose
  2. The percentage of economically disadvantaged families you serve
  3. The length of your Ready4K program (1, 2, or 3 years).

 

The Ready4K team will provide you with the program cost to serve your community after receiving your grant application and learning more about your program goals.

What’s the deadline?

We are accepting applications until funding has been fully allocated. Based on past demand, we encourage interested organizations to apply early.

If I apply, am I committed to accepting the grant?

No, you can choose not to accept the grant. However, we cannot guarantee that grant funds will be held for your organization for more than 30 days after the grant offer has been awarded.

Equity grant definition of “serving a high percentage of economically disadvantaged families”

School districts: Districts with a free or reduced price lunch (FRPL) percentage of at least 80 percent, as determined by the number of identified students (who automatically qualify for free lunch) under the Community Eligibility Provision (“CEP”) in the district multiplied by the CEP multiplier (currently at 1.6x but subject to revision by the United States Department of Agriculture) per the Food Research & Action Center (“FRAC”) database as the FRPL proxy in accordance with government guidelines, are eligible to apply for the grant, so long as they commit to allocating at least 50 percent of the funds to high-needs schools within the district and provide data demonstrating that they did so. In addition, districts with a FRPL percentage less than 80 percent who want to access funds specifically to support high-needs schools may apply for the grant but must provide data demonstrating that the funds went to high-needs schools only (to allow for districts that are wealthier overall but have pockets of extreme poverty to access grant funds).

Community-based organizations: The FRPL percentage of the largest school district within the community must be at least 80 percent, defined using the same methodology as above, and the mission of the CBO must be related to serving economically disadvantaged families.

Head Starts: Automatically qualify given income eligibility requirements.

Healthcare providers (including hospitals and networks of hospitals): Must meet the same FRPL percentage requirements as CBOs.

Government assistance programs other than Head Start (e.g., the Women, Infants, and Children program): Automatically qualify given income eligibility requirements.

The Ready4K Equity Grant represents a unique opportunity for early learning organizations to provide Ready4K to their families.

Recipients of the grant will receive significant financial and implementation support to bring Ready4K to their families for up to three years. Grant recipients are responsible for funding the balance of the program not covered by the grant.

This application will allow Ready4K to determine the grant award level your organization is eligible to receive.

A team member will follow up within 3 business days with next steps.

Equity grant funding does not apply to serving 6th, 7th, or 8th grade families.

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