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Grant Opportunities

We recognize the important need for additional funding in Early Childhood Education systems. Providing enriching, educational, and high-quality child care can come at an expensive cost which can be a prohibitive burden for child care providers and families.

We strive to keep this information current, but please not that it is not comprehensive and some opportunities may have closed. Please check the weekly provider emails to see the most current information. All information on this page has been pulled directly from the grantee’s sites. Please visit the specific grant page for the most current information.

If you are looking for help in applying for grants, do not hesitate to reach out to PCF or utilize the tools in the last tab.

Emerging & Expanding Child Care Grant

The Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program has been created for the purpose of expanding access and availability of licensed child care throughout Colorado and especially in areas where there are child care deserts. Eligible programs may apply and include: 1) Currently open and operating licensed programs, serving children birth to five, with a permanent or provisional license which are expanding their current licensed capacity; OR 2) An applicant actively pursuing a child care license through the State’s Child Care Licensing Division. This award ranges from $3,500 to $50,000

An award from the grant program may be used for costs associated with expanding an open and operating child care center or family child care home, or to assist an eligible entity with start up of a new child care center or family child care home. Costs may include, but are not limited to, staff training, coaching, fees, education supplies, PPE, cleaning supplies, and capital and facility improvement costs. It is important that applicants are actively working with their licensing specialist and their Early Childhood Council, or have plans to during the application process.

Grant Opportunities By Category

ECCLA Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant

To address the declining number of licensed slots within family child care homes and to improve quality within home-based learning environments, the Buell Foundation granted funds to the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) to provide facility improvement funding to family child care homes. This opportunity is intended to help family child care homes start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations, increase capacity and reduce the number of family child care homes closing their doors due to financial restrictions.

In May 2020, ECCLA awarded 18 family child care homes across Colorado with awards totaling $69,000 for facilities improvements focused on expanding licensed capacity, health, safety, and quality improvement. Read more about these awards here. Share or view the press release here.

Opportunities to Apply: Application currently open.

See more here: https://ecclacolorado.org/fcchgrant/

Healthy Child Care Colorado- Capital Improvement Grant*

We award capital improvement grants twice each year for both indoor and outdoor improvement projects. For some grants, applicants must show evidence of matching dollars or other sources of funding for the project. We encourage you to review the requirements for each grant and find the one that best meets your need. To ensure applicants are prepared and understand the guidelines, we host several informational webinars to guide potential applicants through the process. This grant is for Colorado-based 501(c)(3) organizations that serve children younger than age five and are in need of permanent facility improvements.

Opportunities to Apply: The Fall 2020 Grant Cycle is NOW OPEN. Application Deadline: Thursday, November 5, 2020. Access the Grant Application, Health & Safety Checklist, Technical Assistance Grant Webinar Recording and Learning Environment Readiness Criteria Chart

See more here: https://healthychildcareco.org/programs/capital-improvement-grants/

Rise Education Fund

The COVID-19 crisis has had an enormous impact operationally, educationally, and economically on our P-12 school districts, charter schools, and institutions of higher education, as well as students, parents and families. In particular, students who already faced challenges, including low-income students, minority students, English learners, students with disabilities, students experiencing food or housing insecurity, or system-involved students such as those in foster care risk falling further behind or dropping out entirely in the absence of targeted support. In addition, schools and institutions of higher education are facing significant budget cuts and must innovate to respond to these cuts, while maintaining or improving quality, filling learning gaps, and preparing for partial or full remote schooling in the fall.

In order to address these challenges and promote innovation, Colorado will accept applications for grants for the $32.7 million Response, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) Education Fund sponsored through federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds to address the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19. Applicants can pursue awards between $250,000 and $4,000,000, depending on the size of the applicant, number of children served, and quality of the application. Funds are available for use by September 30, 2022.

Early Childhood Providers may apply through an eligible applicant partner.

Opportunities to Apply: Funds are anticipated to be awarded in two rounds: 1st Grant Application Deadline: October 17, 2020 at 5 pm MT. Grant awards will be announced by November 6, 2020. 2nd Grant Application Deadline: December 19, 2020 at 5 pm MT. Grant awards will be announced by January 22, 2021

See more here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/risefund

Career Development Funding

If you are seeking to move forward in your career, either through trainings or formal education, we encourage you to apply for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding through Mesa County Workforce Center.

BASIC SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Connecting Colorado Job Site Registration
  • Job Referrals
  • Job Seeker Workshops
  • Resume Assistance
  • Interviewing Preparation
  • Information on Community Resources and Programs
  • Labor Market Information
  • Specialized assessment of skill levels and interest

INDIVIDUALIZED CAREER AND TRAINING SERVICES INCLUDE:(program eligibility required)

  • Support Services to obtain or maintain employment
  • Short-term Pre-vocational Services
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • On-The-Job Training (OJT)
  • Paid Work Experience

See more here: https://mcwfc.us/job-seekers/career-development/

Farm to ECE Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity

The Colorado Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Coalition is pleased to announce a Farm to ECE mini-grant funding opportunity. The coalition seeks applicants who will explore community-based programming to increase ECE programs’ use of local food purchasing, gardens, and nutrition/agricultural education initiatives.

Five – $4,000 mini-grants are available to increase access to Farm to ECE programming that carries the potential to increase nutrition security and promote healthy environments across the state for children in care.

Local public health agencies, food growers and/or distributors, licensed ECE programs and family, friend and neighbor providers serving children in early care and education, child care sponsors, extension programs, Promotoras, community health connectors, early childhood councils, and others are encouraged to apply. This list is not inclusive of all available applicants.

Application details and how to apply are attached and linked here (https://form.jotform.com/210486440478156)

Application closes March 29th.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation

The Foundation seeks to contribute to the development, implementation and/or field testing of environmental curricula that meet the mission, goals and requirements below.

Grant Mission:
The mission of our grant program is to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that:

  • Integrate field activities and classroom teaching, and
  • Incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.

Grant Goals:
We have developed our grant program with the following goals:

  • To empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems
  • To promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world
    To train students as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles.

Grant Requirements:
To be awarded a grant, environmental curricula must:

  • Show a holistic approach
  • Strive to synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, principles)
  • Include experiential integrated learning and problem solving
  • Be founded on basic scientific principles, including hypothesis testing and experimental design
  • Incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting
  • Present controversial issues objectively, stressing the development of individual student opinions

Grant Eligibility:
Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, non-profits, governmental agencies and others.

  • The only criterion is that we are required to provide funds to an organization, not to an individual. If you are self-employed, you need to find a sponsoring organization.

Find out more here: http://www.mgaef.org/grants.htm

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Our grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located.

We’ve awarded more than $186 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 12 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. It’s never too late to learn. Join Us!

Find out more here: https://www.dgliteracy.org/#youth-literacy-grants

Good Business CO – Covid Funding Resources

Good Business Colorado is committed to helping Colorado’s business community through the COVID-19 crisis. They are compiling the latest news, information, and resources available to businesses. See more here.

Colorado OEDIT Alternative Funding Spreadsheet

This list is designed as a resource for Colorado’s small businesses to find access to alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP and other federal loans and programs. For details on those resources, please visit choosecolorado.com/covid19/ or coloradosbdc.org/covid/

Search Grants on grants.gov

Grants.gov allows you to search through thousands of federal grant opportunities. Additionally, this sites houses resources like Grants 101 and other resources to help individuals with finding grants, applying for grants, reporting on grants, and more!

Search for grants here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

Colorado Grants Guide & Common Application

Community Resource Center provides opportunities, tools and strategies to develop nonprofit and community groups to strengthen Colorado. We build the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities through comprehensive programs that focus on resources, education, and leadership. Our programs foster nonprofit sustainability and success, and our integrated approach includes collaboration with statewide partners to deliver appropriate and relevant resources. We create stronger and more sustainable organizations across Colorado that are better able to meet their missions and achieve community impact.

Access to Colorado Grants Guide here. A Colorado Common Grant Application can be found here as well.