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.

Resources for Early Acceleration and Development in Youth (READY) Infrastructure and Capacity Grant

In FY2022-23, South Carolina First Steps intends to award up to $725,000 in READY targeted grants to local First Steps partnerships, renewable for two additional years, to increase the local partnership’s capacity and infrastructure to serve more children and families in their community.

First Steps Local Partnership Organizations
Focus Area
Infrastructure and Capacity
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For more information about First Steps grantmaking and grant seeking, contact

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development