Grants - SC First Steps

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Grants

No child’s demographics or zip code should determine their destiny. As the only funder of early childhood programs in every county of the state, Ƶ works to ensure that all children have equitable access to the resources and support they need. Each year, we allocate state funding to all 46 counties based on population and need. We also actively seek additional resources to make discretionary and targeted grants.

First Steps 4K Incentive Grants to Expand Services in Underserved Communities - Round Two

Ƶ is offering one-time incentive grants of up to $30,000 for newly created and/or newly approved private providers proposing to become a new First Steps 4K provider or to expand First Steps 4K services to additional children.

Eligibility
Eligible applicants include center-based child care providers as well as churches, community centers, non-profit organizations, private and charter schools, colleges and universities, hospital systems, and others.
Deadline
03/15/2024
Focus Area
First Steps 4K
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Countdown To Kindergarten Community Partners

Ƶ seeks to award funding to qualified community organizations to offer school transition events for rising kindergartners and their families between April 1 and August 31, 2024.

Eligibility
Eligible applicants are schools, school districts, and community organizations that focus on education and/or family support. Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with other local organizations. If the applicant is not a First Steps local partnership, a letter of support from the community’s First Steps local partnership will be required with the submission of the application.
Deadline
03/15/2024
Focus Area
School transition
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Local First Steps Partnership Formula Grant

Grants to support the state’s 46 First Steps county partnerships to fill gaps in services for children 0-5 in their county

Eligibility
First Steps local partnership organizations
Deadline
05/3/2024
Focus Area
Programs, Core Functions, Partnership Operations
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For more information about First Steps grantmaking and grant seeking, contact

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development