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Request for Application Process

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Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, is accepting applications from eligible applicants to develop, implement, and improve adult education and literacy activities within the state by establishing and/or operating programs to provide a comprehensive service model for adult education and literacy services, including programs that provide such activities concurrently for multiple fiscal years of July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021. This funding is made available through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), and Kentucky's General Fund Appropriation.

The Request for Application (RFA), instructions and general information apply to all of the following separate grant opportunities:

Required core services are adult education and literacy activities; English language acquisition (ELA) activities; family literacy activities; workforce preparation activities; workplace adult education and literacy activities; integrated English literacy and civics education (IELCE) services; integrated education and training (IET), and local corrections education in counties with full-service jails

As this is a competitive process, KYAE welcomes and strongly encourages all eligible applicants to apply.  All eligible agencies have the right to compete for adult education funding.  All proposals from eligible agencies will be reviewed and considered for funding, regardless of whether the eligible agency has provided services in the past.

Eligible Applicants

Letter of Intent to Apply (The letter of Intent to Apply is optional, but helpful to the review process in determining the resources necessary to efficiently conduct application reviews.)

Description of Documents and Expectations

Application Submission Checklist


Bidders Conference

The purpose of the Bidder’s Conference is to answer questions to clarify the RFA requirements and provide supplemental information to assist potential eligible applicants in submitting responses to the RFA. Attendance at the conference is not mandatory; however, interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Bidders Conference, January 29, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, Eastern Time

WHERE: Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO), 400 Englewood Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601; Directions to KACO

If you have clarifying questions concerning the content of the RFA, and cannot find the answers contained within the posted documents, contact (email only) Natalie Cummins at  Please no phone calls. Questions will be gathered (via email) and answered prior to and shared at the Bidders Conference scheduled for January 29. Frequently asked questions, including these questions and answers will subsequently be posted on the RFA website for all to view.

If you have technical difficulties in electronically submitting this information, please contact Toni Quire at, or (502) 892-3056.

Preparing and Submitting Application

Submission Requirements:


Application Deadline

All applications must be sent by email in the original format – in a Word document or Excel spreadsheet. Do not convert to an alternate format. All application materials must be submitted electronically to Toni Quire at no later than 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), March 2, 2018.

The original Grant Signature Page, Assurances, Affidavit for Bidders or Offerors, and Services Commitments, all signed by the authorizing agent with required signatures, must be mailed hard copy to the address above and postmarked on or before March 2, 2018.

This is a competitive application process; therefore, no late applications will be accepted or considered.


General Information and Application Grant Requirements (894K PDF)

Description of Documents and Expectations (209K PDF)


Forms and Narrative Documents

Grant Signature Page (68K WORD)

Assurances (29K WORD)

Required Affidavit for Bidders or Offerors (27K WORD)

Service Area Selection (68K WORD)

Consortium Member Applicants, if applicable (68K WORD)

Demonstrated Effectiveness (31K EXCEL)

13 Considerations (68K WORD)

Services Commitments and Age Appropriate Environment (30K WORD)

Program Design

Integrated Education and Training (28K WORD)

Accelerating Opportunity (AOKY)/AOKY Fast Track (26K WORD)


Integrated English Language Education (IELCE), if applicable


Guiding Documents

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) WIOA webpage

Definitions (211K PDF)

Personnel Example of Duties (353K PDF)

Interactive Staffing Tool (31K EXCEL) 

Additional Resources