Grants - SC First Steps


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, South Carolina First Steps 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

South Carolina First Steps 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.

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.
Focus Area
First Steps 4K
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For more information about First Steps grantmaking and grant seeking, contact

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development