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Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative

Grants to Springfield, Missouri Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Churches to Enhance Early Childhood Education and Literacy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Darr Family Foundation (DFF), Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Musgrave Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/15/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to Springfield, Missouri nonprofits, agencies, and faith-based organizations for programs that will enhance early childhood education and literacy. An information session will be held June 15. Particular focus will be given to programs that address students who fall into an academic achievement gap. These students typically come from low-income families, face racial disparities and/or language barriers, or have a disability. Programs that include a combination of academic and home interventions will be considered.

Applicant programs must include:

- Three or more partner agencies
- A target population that typically falls into the academic achievement gap (students that face barriers to educational success because of poverty, race, disability or language)
- A solid evaluation component measuring access to quality preschool, kindergarten readiness, age-appropriate literacy skills upon kindergarten entrance, and third-grade reading levels.

Successful programs will seek to meet the following outcomes as measured using baseline data gathered from Springfield Public Schools:

1. Decrease the number of children not ready for kindergarten
2. Increase the number of children with age-appropriate literacy skills upon kindergarten entrance
3. Increase the number of third graders reading at grade level or beyond

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181700

Estimated Size of Grant:

Collaboratives may apply for multiple years of funding with an award ceiling of $180,000 - $200,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Applicants can apply for multiple years of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Lead applicants must have 501(c)3 status or equivalent government or faith-based tax exempt status and serve the Springfield metropolitan area.

Successful programs will include a robust formative and summative evaluation component to determine program success and areas in need of improvement. Successful programs will also be prepared to sustain intervention activities after grant funding ends.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15, at 3:30 PM at the Darr Agriculture Center.

Pre-Application Information:

- June 1, 2017: Request for proposal released
- June 15, 2017: Informational meeting with Q & A
- September 15, 2017: Full applications due by 5:00 PM

Contact Information:

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

Applications may be sent to:

Heather Zoromski, Executive Director
Phone: 417-888-1495

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri: Springfield