UNITED WAY OF ST.JOSEPH COUNTY AND THE READY TO GROW ST. JOE EARLY CHILDHOOD COALITION LAUNCH GRANT PROGRAM FOR HIGH QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION
April 2, 2019 – The United Way of St. Joseph County and the Ready to Grow St. Joe Early Childhood Coalition, in partnership with the City of South Bend and the Family & Children’s Center, launch a grant program to increase access to high-quality early education in South Bend.
The City is contributing $100,000 to an early childhood capacity fund with the Family & Children’s Center contributing an additional $40,000. United Way will manage the fund by distributing it to local childcare providers. Grant funds will be capped at $15,000 per provider and can be used for classroom materials, space improvements, curriculum, or in other areas that support the continuation for high-quality care. The $140,000 fund will be competitively distributed to local providers – home providers, center-based providers and faith-based providers are all eligible to apply for grant funds.
Director of Ready to Grow St. Joe Emily Rupchock spoke to the grant program saying, “This project directly aligns with our goal to increase access to affordable, high quality childcare by helping early learning programs minimize barriers to their ability to increase quality. As state and local partners continue to build systems to offset the high cost of childcare for many families, we now have this opportunity to build capacity across early learning programs so that one day every child has access to the education they need and deserve.”
The application window is now open and will close on May 15 by 5:00pm EST. All necessary documents can be found below.
Please be sure to fill out both the grant application and the budget application.
Ready to Grow St. Joe is committed to ensuring that all children in St. Joseph County, birth to age eight, are provided the necessary foundations to thrive in school and in life with efforts focused on Quality Early Learning, Health & Wellness, and Family Support.
United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change, ensuring all residents have access to the building blocks to a better life: education, income and health.
Family & Children’s Center is a regional, private, not-for-profit agency that provides a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being.