What is the New Business Idea Program?
In 2019, KenCrest launched a grant opportunity to fund new business ideas, service delivery, and innovations. It’s a great opportunity to develop new models and products to benefit KenCrest’s stakeholders and programs. Need more information? Contact NewIdeas@kencrest.org.
Check out our launch video here!
Check out a copy of the NBI Presentation PowerPoint here!
- LOI opens on July 1, 2020 and closes on September 30th 2020
- Conditional award notifications will be disseminated on November 16th 2020
- Business plan submission is due by January 15th 2021
- Final awards approved KenCrest Centers Board by March 2021 (Date TBD)
Who can apply?
- KenCrest staff
- Community Partners
- Those invested in improving the lives of children and those with intellectual disabilities
How to Apply
Letters for Intent for New Business Idea funding will be accepted between July 1st and September 30th 2020. Conditional awards will be announced in November 16th 2020, based on KenCrest’s mission and strategic alignment. Conditional award recipients will be required to submit business plans by January 15th 2021. KenCrest Board of Directors will announce the recipients in March 2021 (date TBD). Below are the links to the printable and online applications.
Online Application (preferred)
Frequently Asked Questions
KenCrest awarded three projects for funding in February 2020, read more about them below.
Ticket for Employment
Sustaining and growing KenCrest’s Employment program is one of the Agency’s top priorities. Through the Ticket for Employment initiative, a new billing service and approach to employment services will be cultivated over an 18-month period. The new project complements KenCrest’s desire to organize for outcomes, and will introduce new work incentives to clients, and new software to the Employment program staff. This initiative will increase research and the development of projects and activities that are beneficial to individuals seeking employment and self-sufficiency; cultivate stronger partnerships between employment providers; and help clientele establish a greater sense of independence and self-reliance.
Childcare Swift Support
Through Child Care Swift Support services KenCrest will meet a critical need in supporting inclusion for children with developmental delays. The Swift Support Service is ensuring that children with developmental delays (birth to 3-years-old) are successful when attending their neighborhood childcare center. This service will increase the availability of support and instruction for teachers; and decrease the number of children with challenging behaviors/developmental delays from being expelled or isolated in classroom settings. Childcare Swift Support complements the KenCrest vision of greater social responsibility, innovation, economic accountability, inclusion, and enables a higher level of strategic growth due to an increase in service referrals.
Smarter Living Homes (Tech Homes)
Smarter Living Homes (Tech Homes) will lay the groundwork for KenCrest to become an accredited, Technology First Provider. Creating environments and communities that enhance opportunities for inclusion and independence, are at the heart of KenCrest’s mission. A Smarter Living Demo Home will be created to provide those the Agency supports with a unique hands-on experience. Technology assessments for individuals will be conducted, along with personalized skill development. The Smarter Living Homes (Tech Homes) will help both staff and individuals to hone new skillsets, and provide alternative support options that could lead to more cost-effective and more competitive programming and service offerings. The grant award will launch the program in an impactful way, and empower more of the individuals that KenCrest supports to become visionaries of their own, more independent lives.