UPDATE: January 20, 2015 - Due to the bad weather and the holidays, many providers have reached out to ask for more time to respond to this second Request For Funds (RFF). OECOSL has decided to extend the grant submission deadline to February 19, 2015 by 4:30pm EST to honor these requests for new grantees.
Request for Funding for Early Education Matching Grant
NOTE: Current Early Education Matching Grant programs renewal applications are still due February 4, 2015 by 4:30pm EST
November 12, 2014
The Office of Early Learning and Out-of-School Time (OECOSL), formerly the Bureau of Child Care, is pleased to announce the second round of the Early Education Matching Grants (EEMG). These competitive grants were established during the 2013 General Assembly (IC12-17.2-3.6). Last year, OECOSL awarded over $1.5 M in EEMG funds to 30 different early learning programs in 15 different counties across the state. These grant funds are now supporting the cost of high quality PreK services for over 414 low income four year old children enrolled in these programs. This year, OECOSL will award approximately $2 M in a second round of these competitive
grants to serve additional four year olds during the 2015-16 school year.
This competitive grant is available to early care and education programs, including licensed and registered programs that are rated Level 3 or Level 4 on Paths to QUALITY™, Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system. In order to apply for a grant, providers must complete the Request for Funds (RFF) application. Programs must provide a cash match and meet additional requirements as outlined within the RFF.
Programs who are awarded the grant will be required to administer the ISTAR-KR. Click here for a brief introduction to the ISTAR-KR. Additional information about the ISTAR-KR can be found on the Indiana Department of Education's website.
Programs that are located within the five counties selected as pilot counties for On My Way PreK, Indiana’s PreK Pilot Program, are not eligible to apply for an Early Education Matching Grant.
Current EEMG grantees must contact OECOSL for details on applying for a second year of funding.
Other Grant Opportunities
There are no other grant opportunities available at this time