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Early Childhood Development Grants

Grants to Spartanburg County, South Carolina Nonprofits
and Agencies to Benefit Children Ages 0 to 5

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mary Black Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants averaging $70,000 to Spartanburg County, South Carolina nonprofits and government agencies for projects or programs that promote the healthy development of children, ages 0 to 5. Applicants must meet with Foundation staff at least 30 days prior to the deadline.

Early childhood development is defined by the Foundation as the process of growth that occurs prenatally through the first five years of life. The Foundation's philosophy is that children who are born healthy, grow up in stable families, have nurturing relationships with adults, and spend time in environments that provide stimulating experiences are more likely to succeed academically, socially, and economically.

Improving the health and wellness of Spartanburg County through a focus on early childhood development will require efforts that address:

(1) Adolescent pregnancy,
(2) Children’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development, and
(3) Children’s relationships with families and other caregivers.

Organizations are more likely to receive funding from the Foundation if they can demonstrate the following during the grant review process:

- A board of directors that is actively involved in strategic governance, fundraising, and giving;
- A board and staff are representative of our diverse community in Spartanburg County;
- Staff who are qualified through training and experience;
- Implementation of a strategic plan that includes measurable objectives;
- Use of a data management or tracking system that allows the organization to measure its outcomes;
- The ability to use outcomes data to measure progress toward strategic goals and improve programs;
- A focus on reducing health disparities; and
- A collaborative spirit of working with other organizations in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176789

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant size is $70,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation provides multi-year funding for these types of grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to receive funding from the Mary Black Foundation, an organization must be a current 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, as classified by the IRS, or a governmental agency serving Spartanburg County.

The Foundation would prefer to fund direct costs, including realistic projections of overhead costs. However, when the Foundation commissions a substantial research project requiring the use of significant institutional infrastructure or resources (e.g., space, computer technology, laboratories or sophisticated equipment, library or accounting services), the Foundation may provide up to five percent of the total direct costs for the reimbursement of direct costs (i.e., institutional administrative support expenses).

The Mary Black Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations for the following:

- General Operating Support: To cover day-to-day activities and ongoing expenses.
- Programs and Services: Activities directly targeting individuals to achieve specific results.
- Policies and Places: Activities to change or modify policies or to create new or improved places that increase opportunities for the residents of Spartanburg County.
- Planning and Capacity Building: To plan for or study future projects or to implement efforts that improve the capacity of the organization to achieve results.

The Mary Black Foundation generally does not fund:

- Activities that are discriminatory or organizations engaged in discriminatory practices, including, but not limited to, written or informal policies and procedures regarding staff and/or volunteer requirements, program content, or participant eligibility that are discriminatory.
- Direct grants or scholarships (including tuition assistance) for individuals;
- Grants that further political or religious activities;
- Medical, scientific, or academic research;
- Vans or buses used to transport people;
- Activities and/or programs that duplicate efforts that are, have been, or should be offered at local hospitals;
- Activities, projects, or programs that will have been completed before funding becomes available;
- Endowments or other reserve funds or the payment of debt;
- Fundraising events, celebrations, or dinners; or
- Individual schools unless the project is district or county-wide and is supported by the superintendent(s).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants must meet with program staff before applying and are strongly recommended to do so at least 30 days prior to the grant deadline.

To schedule a pre-application consultation, contact Amy Page (see Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on February 1 and August 1, 2018.

Applicants will be notified of receipt of the application via email. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact Amy Page.

The review process takes approximately 75 days. You will be contacted as soon as a decision is reached. Once a grant is approved, generally, grant funds are available within 15 – 30 days.

Application instructions:


Applicant Eligibility:

Program Eligibility:

Contact Information:

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

Amy Page:
For any questions, email Amy Page or call 864-573-9500.

Register and apply online:

Mary Black Foundation
349 East Main Street, Suite 100
Spartanburg, SC 29302

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: Spartanburg County