Early Education Grant Fund

Fund Description:
Established by the Early Education Funders Collaborative, the Early Education Grant Fund supports initiatives in the Kansas City metropolitan area that increase access to high-quality early education and development programs for lower-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

Timeline: 

  • Application available online March 5, 2018.
  • Optional informational webinar will be held on March 1 at 10 a.m.

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  • Applications are due April 3, 2018.
  • Funding decisions are expected in June 2018.

Areas of Interest: 
The Early Education Funders Collaborative will give preference to projects focused on expanding access to high-quality programs and services and quality improvement initiatives (teacher and leader development, adoption of evidenced-based curriculum and assessment, etc.). All requests must support kindergarten readiness for children ages birth to 5.

Grant Restrictions and Requirements:

Please note: organizations with active grants expiring in 2018 are eligible to apply.

School- or Center-Based Providers

  • Organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity or a governmental, educational, or religious institution.
  • 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 or a governmental, educational, or religious institution.
  • 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. 

Evaluation:
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.

Application: