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.
Grants to support the state’s 46 First Steps county partnerships to fill gaps in services for children 0-5 in their county
Grants to support the establishment or expansion of a child care technical assistance strategy.
Funding to expand programs and services that reach underserved populations in South Carolina.
South Carolina First Steps 4K invites local organizations to apply for funding to expand access to full-day, evidence-based preschool for low income four-year-olds in their communities.
Competitive grants to invest in innovative, collaborative efforts that benefit children 0-5, their caregivers, and their communities.
For more information about First Steps grantmaking and grant seeking, contact