OVEC pursues grants from federal, state, and private grantors. Key areas of focus are early childhood education and professional learning for K-12 educators.
Searching for potential funding opportunities? Here are several Grant Resources for schools and school districts.
Listed below are a few significant grants received by OVEC:
Head Start/Early Head Start Grants
- 1991: OVEC received its first Head Start grant, serving three- and four-year olds. This program now serves 350 children in center-based settings.
- 2000: OVEC received its first Early Head Start grant to expand services for children from 6 weeks old to 3 years old. This program now serves over 85 children in center-based settings.
- 2015: OVEC received its first Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant, assisting several private child care providers in the region to increase quality and access to early childhood education. This grant impacts almost 200 children annually.
Teaching American History Grants
- OVEC received 6 Teaching American History grants between 2002 and 2010. Up to 80 teachers annually participated in professional development, including sessions with historians; collaboration with other teachers for lesson and unit development; and field experiences to significant historical sites.
Race to the Top Grants
- RTT-District: In late 2012, OVEC, in partnership with Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, received a prestigious $41 million grant from the US Department of Education. This was 1 of only 16 such grants in the nation and the largest single award. Six OVEC districts joined the RTT-D partnership to form the kid FRIENDLy project. This project targets College and Career Readiness through personalized learning, emphasizing student responsibility for learning.
- RTT-Early Learning Challenge: In 2015, the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood selected OVEC to administer a $1.25 million sub-grant from its RTT-ELC grant. OVEC developed the Kentucky Super Stars Leadership Academy, a 6-month program for early childhood professionals. The Academy will enhance professional development and increase service quality for children across the state.
Mathematics and Science Partnership Grants
- Hi-Q Math Project: In 2015, OVEC received a MSP grant to provide high-quality professional learning for middle school mathematics teachers in the region.
- Hi-Q2 Math Project: In 2016, OVEC again received a MSP grant, 1 of only 6 awards statewide. This project built on its successful Hi-Q Math Project and expanded to middle school mathematics coaches.
OVEC coordinates its grant services through district leaders, primarily those who take part in OVEC's network groups. Following are two additional types of grant services:
OVEC continually monitors for grant opportunities on behalf of its member school districts. OVEC prepares and submits grant applications for its member districts when possible. When a grant application must come from a single school or school district, OVEC notifies district leaders and provides needed assistance.
OVEC provides grants development training periodically for district and school personnel. These trainings revolve around grant competitions from the Kentucky Department of Education and other state organizations. Past workshops have focused on KDE’s Read to Achieve and Mathematics Achievement Fund grants, as well as Outreach grants from the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education.