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Early Learning Funding - Child Care Supports for Critical Needs

Grants to Washington Nonprofits Serving King County to
Support Early Education Programs and Child Care Providers

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Foundation / Corporation

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United Way of King County

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Grants ranging from $30,000 to $75,000 to Washington nonprofits to support early education and child care programs in King County that serve children who are low-income or have urgent needs. A letter of intent is due March 1, 2018. Funding will support equipment and classroom upgrades, staff support activities, and family engagement.

United Way of King County seeks to support child care and early education programs serving children with specialized care and activities to meet individual children’s most urgent needs. Investments will help keep young children thriving in care by providing supports designed for those impacted by toxic stress, trauma, and/or special needs.

This funding will help child care and early education providers gain necessary resources to provide culturally responsive specialized supports to low-income children with the most urgent needs. The goal is to respond to big challenges early and help keep the youngest children and their families thriving in child care.

Specialized supports include any special service adaptations or additional activities that have been created in order to meet the needs of an individual child or family in care. Adaptations or added activities may be temporary or last throughout the time the child and family is in care depending on the specific urgent issue or need.

Examples of specialized supports include:

Environment and Resources
- Updates to classroom setting or caregiving environment (i.e. creating a quiet resting corner)
- Providing specialized equipment or materials (i.e. purchasing added safety equipment)

Specialized Staff Support Activities
- Reflective Practice (i.e. staff discuss and reflect on challenging situations in a supportive environment)
- Technical Assistance or Consultation (i.e. staff work with another professional to problem solve and learn new skills for engaging a child or family)

Specialized Family Support Activities
- Engagement with families (i.e. meet with families in person or over the phone during difficult times)
- Resource referrals (i.e. directly connecting families with resources and providing follow-up to ensure services are delivered)

Priorities for Investment
- Reaching low-income children birth to three years of age.
- Specific supports for low-income children and families with urgent needs (including but not limited to families experiencing child welfare involvement, trauma/mental health challenges, behavioral challenges, special needs, homelessness/housing instability etc.).
- Reaching low-income children of color and children from immigrant and refugee families.
- Culturally specific and culturally responsive organizations most equipped to successfully serve families of color. Culturally Specific Organizations are local organizations led and staffed by persons of color that primarily serve communities of color. Culturally responsive services are those that are respectful of, and relevant to, the beliefs, practices, culture and linguistic needs of diverse consumer/client populations and communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183125

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Grants will be in the $30,000-$75,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Awards will be made for a one-year period from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding by United Way of King County, agencies must meet ALL of the following criteria:

- Agency is an IRS certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (with some exceptions)
- Agency provides health or human services in King County, Washington, USA
- Agency does not engage in discrimination based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion or presence of a disability in the delivery of services
- Agency will comply with all United Way contractual obligations including: outcome and client demographic reporting, submission of our grantee financial reporting requirements, have an up-to-date listing with the 2-1-1 system and any other requirements that are identified

Programs funded through United Way’s Early Intervention Investment Area #2409 are not eligible for this funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

UWKC Early Learning Application Information Session

The purpose of these sessions are:

To inform potential applicants about what we are aiming to accomplish with this grant funding project, and
To answer questions about who may apply, as well as United Way requirements for funding eligibility and the content of applications.

Wednesday February 21st at 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Rainier Beach Library
9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Friday February 23rd at 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Beacon Hill Library
2821 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

To register, see Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

Current investments in Quality Child Care (#2209) will end June 30, 2018. Programs interested in child care investments for FY19 must apply to be considered for funding.

An LOI is required to complete your application. Those considering applying are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. All who submit an LOI will receive a follow-up phone call to discuss individual applications and suggested next steps. Applicants who receive funding will be required to attend United Way of King County early learning grantee meetings.

Technical assistance may be limited near the due date. Please do not wait until the last minute to complete your application in eCImpact.

- February 09, 2018: Letter of Intent (LOI) & Application open in eCimpact
- February 21, 2018: Information Session 1
- February 23, 2018 Information Session 2
- March 1, 2018: Letter of Intent Due (required)
- February 08-March 05, 2018: LOI follow-up 1-2 days after submittal
- March 21, 2018: Applications Due
- March 29, 2018: Applicant Notification of Interview
- April 2-3, 2018: Applicant Interviews (required of selected applicants only)
- May 17, 2018: Applicant Notification of Results
- July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019: Contract Period

Contact Information:

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

Register for the workshops on February 21 and 23:

Hannah Locke, Community Impact Manager
(206) 461-5021

For help logging into or navigating eCImpact, contact:
Damian Spence

Sue Wyss

To learn more about becoming a funded agency, email

United Way of King County
720 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King County