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.

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
05/3/2021
Focus Area
Programs, Core Functions, Partnership Operations
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Child Care Technical Assistance Program Expansion Grant

Grants to support the establishment or expansion of a child care technical assistance strategy.

Eligibility
Local First Steps partnership organizations
Deadline
05/10/2021
Focus Area
Child care quality
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Targeted Grant

Funding to expand programs and services that reach underserved populations in South Carolina.

Eligibility
Local First Steps partnership organizations
Deadline
05/10/2021
Focus Area
AmeriCorps, Child care quality, Core functions, Countdown to Kindergarten, Parenting
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First Steps 4K Expansion Grant

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.

Eligibility
Licensed child care providers and organizations with the ability to become a licensed child care provider, located within one of 62 eligible SC school districts.
Deadline
05/31/2021
Focus Area
Expanding 4K in underserved communities
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Early Childhood Innovation Grant

Competitive grants to invest in innovative, collaborative efforts that benefit children 0-5, their caregivers, and their communities.

Eligibility
Local First Steps partnership organizations
Deadline
07/9/2021
Focus Area
Programs, Core functions, Capacity building
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For more information about First Steps grantmaking and grant seeking, contact

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development