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, 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.

ESSER III Parenting Expansion Targeted Grants

South Carolina First Steps received a three-year allocation of federal ESSER III funding from the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), with a portion of the funding targeted to addressing learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding evidence-based parenting supports. Local First Steps partnerships may apply for funding to establish or expand high-intensity, evidence-based parenting programs.

Eligibility
First Steps local partnership organizations
Deadline
10/29/2021
Focus Area
Parenting programs
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First Steps 4K Expansion Grant

South Carolina First Steps 4K is inviting local organizations to apply for funding to expand access to full-day, evidence-based preschool for low income four-year-olds in their communities.

Eligibility
Center-based child care providers, churches, community centers, non-profit organizations, private and charter schools, colleges and universities, hospital systems, and others. Public schools and school districts are not eligible.
Deadline
11/5/2021
Focus Area
Early care and education
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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
05/6/2022
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