What is our 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
KenCrest awarded three projects for funding in February 2020, read more about them below. The 2019 round has closed, check back frequently for the announcement of our next grant opportunity!
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.