Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

CPE announces grants to increase educator diversity across the state

August 02, 2021

CPE diversity grants available

CPE will award up to $500,000 in competitive grants this fall to help educator preparation programs increase the number of K-12 teachers in Kentucky from underrepresented groups.

The money is a part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, known as GEER II, which aims to help campuses mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The funds are available through a partnership with the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and originate from the federal CARES Act.

“The future of our commonwealth is in Kentucky’s classrooms. I am excited to see our education preparation programs use this funding to recruit, train and support a talented and diverse workforce,” said Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

CPE is targeting Kentucky public colleges and universities seeking to partner with an agency or organization, such as a local education agency, to establish a strong collaboration for recruitment of teacher candidates. The higher education agency will award the funds over the course of two years in two phases – planning and implementation -- to improve the sustainability of diversity and recruitment efforts.

CPE President Aaron Thompson said the grants will fund direct student support rather than personnel or administrative costs.

“We’re very pleased to have this opportunity at this pivotal time to bolster our educator preparation programs,” said Thompson. “Increasing diversity among our educators in K-12 schools is crucial for the success of all our students.”

All of Kentucky’s public colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Campuses can receive up to $100,000 to create new programs or expand existing efforts.

Campuses can learn more about the grants and requirements by visiting

Student with teacher
Photo credit: Eastern Kentucky University.

Last Updated: 8/5/2021