The South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees intends to award competitive grants to local First Steps partnerships that incentivize and support measurable outcomes, leverage resources, and build capacity for improving program access and quality. ECI Grant funds may be used for a variety of purposes that support the partnership’s Comprehensive Plan, including but not limited to program expansion, new programs or initiatives, core functions, or capacity building activities.
Up to $250,000 will be awarded under the 2021 ECI Grant competition. Local partnerships may apply singularly, or as part of a multi-county application. The minimum grant award amount is $5,000.00. Partnerships may propose to spend ECI Grant funding over a period of one year (FY22), or two years (FY22 and FY23).
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