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Early Care and Education Grant

Grants to Southwest Minnesota Nonprofits and Agencies for
Early Childhood Education and Community Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Southwest Initiative Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/26/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to southwest Minnesota nonprofit organizations and agencies for early childhood education and care through community development and professional training. Funding is intended to improve the quality of early childhood education and care to ensure that children reach their full potential.

Areas of Focus:

- PreK-3rd Grade Alignment: Enhancing the continuity and consistency of learning for children aged birth to third grade through training and professional development, resource development, strategy implementation, quality staff planning time or building community-wide approaches.

- Social and Emotional Development: Building resilient communities through the enhancement of existing or development of new training, prevention, education, and programs that continue to have a far-reaching impact.

- Early Care and Education: Increase access to and availability of high-quality early care and education environments through (including, but not limited to) staff development, curriculum and/or assessment implementation, Parent Aware rating attainment, expansion of number of children in care, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173495

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests of up to $5,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must be submitted by an independent 501(c)(3) organization, a unit of government, or by a public agency .

All proposals must demonstrate a benefit within the following 18 counties in southwest Minnesota:
Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

Grant Exclusions: Ineligible organizations or activities include:
- Individuals, businesses, or other for-profit organizations
- General operating expenses or specific religious purposes
- Capital funding, campaigns or endowments
- Funds for re-granting

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is April 26, 2019. Grants will be awarded in May 2019.

For this grant, it’s NOT necessary to complete the online pre-application questionnaire.

- You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application and will be assigned to a staff grant reviewer for consideration. They will contact you with questions and schedule a site visit, if deemed necessary.
- You will be informed by email after the final decision is made on May 18, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply:

Questions can be directed to:
Jodi Maertens
(320) 583-4775

Nancy Fasching
Community Impact Director
(800) 594-9480

Southwest Initiative Foundation
15 3rd Ave NW
Hutchinson, MN 55350
(320) 587-4848 or (800) 594-9480

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Southwest Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine