Early Education Grant Fund

Fund Description:
Established by the Early Education Funders Collaborative, the Early Education Grant Fund supports early education initiatives in the Kansas City metropolitan area that increase quality and/or access for low-income families and children of color. Projects funded by this program must demonstrate proven or promising results in preparing students to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. 

Contact Person: 
Denise St. Omer, stomer@growyourgiving.org / 816.627.3417


  • Application available online August 1, 2017.
  • Optional information sessions were held on August 1 at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO.

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  • Applications are due September 1, 2017.
  • Funding decisions are made in November 2017.

Areas of Interest: 
The Early Education Funders Collaborative will give preference to projects focused on teacher and leader development, parent engagement, and creation or expansion of quality programming. All requests must support kindergarten readiness for children ages birth to 5.

Grant Restrictions and Requirements:

Please note: organizations with active grants through the Early Education Grant Fund are not eligible to apply for funding.

School- or Center-Based Providers

  • Organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity or public school district
  • At least 40% of children served receive free/reduced lunch, financial assistance, or child care subsidies
  • Provider is located within the six-county Kansas City metropolitan area (Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas).
  • Provider is licensed or licensed-exempt by the state of Missouri or Kansas
  • Enrollment of at least 30 children ages birth to 5
  • Provider is utilizing an evidence-based tool to assess kindergarten readiness

Support Organizations

  • Organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity
  • Organization serves children ages birth to 5 within the six-county Kansas City metropolitan area (Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas)

Not Support:
Funding for building/construction is not available through this program.

Grant Range: 
School- or center-based programs enrolling 30-99 children can apply for up to $250,000 for up to two years. Programs enrolling 100 or more children can apply for up to $500,000 for up to two years. Grants for support organizations will generally range between $50,000 and $500,000 for up to two years. 

The following criteria will be used by the review committee to evaluate each application.

School- or Center-Based Providers Application Scoring Rubric
Support Organizations Application Scoring Rubric

iGAM Instructions:
Please read the grant guidelines and application instructions in their entirety before you begin an application. If you have technical questions relating to iGAM, please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or call 816.627.3452.
All applications must be submitted through the Internet Grant Application Module (iGAM) by 5:00 p.m. on the due date.

  • First-time users will need to create a user name and password via the “New Applicant?” link on the iGAM homepage. Previous users may log in using their existing iGAM account.
    • Users are strongly encouraged to create a single username and password for the organization to be shared among staff.
    • If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password?” field to recover your password.
  • Save the iGAM homepage to your web browser in order to access and resume draft applications as well as to review previously submitted applications.