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Request for Application Process

All application materials must be submitted electronically to Toni Quire at no later than 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), March 2, 2018.

Please view this website periodically for announcements and changes.

Submission of RFA questions concluded February 5. Therefore, questions submitted subsequent to that date will not be accepted for answers.

February 22, 2018: Please note that the Projected Performance portion of the IELCE Program Design should be for years 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21. The form has been updated to reflect this clarification.

February 16, 2018: Skills U Director Clarifications (284K PDF) -- First two bullets under minimum requirements have been added for clarification purposes.

February 15, 2018: Concluding Questions (120K PDF)

February 14, 2018

February 12, 2018: Additional frequently asked questions submitted by the deadline of February 2.

February 7, 2018:  Frequently asked questions submitted prior to the Bidder's Conference and at the Bidder's Conference. Check back for additional frequently asked questions submitted by the deadline of February 2.

January 26, 2018Announcement of IELCE changes:  New information is available pertaining to the percentage of target population and total funding available. Please see page 45 of the General Information and Application Grant Requirements (894K PDF).  This will aid in the completion of the IELCE budget.

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


Bidder's 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: Bidder's 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. PLEASE PARK IN REAR TRAINING PARKING LOT AT THE REAR OF THE BUILDING!

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 Bidder's 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