Early Childhood Summer Support Grants
Request for Proposals
Oregon Community Foundation is focused on addressing the opportunity gap in early childhood education by reducing socioeconomic, geographic and racial inequities in access to critical services. The upcoming summer months are a critical opportunity for provision of programs that can help families overcome the negative impacts of months of stress and isolation on learning and social-emotional health resulting from the COVID pandemic. Through this one-time grant program, funded by the State of Oregon, OCF plans to award $1.2 million to support community-based, birth to 5 interactive parent-child programs, offered in group settings through public and nonprofit organizations across the state during summer 2021.
Programs eligible for OCF Early Childhood Summer Support Grants are those planning to provide community-based in-person or hybrid services supporting social-emotional development, parent engagement and/or school readiness through group activities, workshops and classes. Priority will be given to programs that serve, reflect, and are responsive to the specific needs of children and families from Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, and other communities of color, immigrant/refugee communities, children from low-income families, LGBTQIA+ families, children with disabilities, and children living in under-resourced rural communities.
Scope of Applications
OCF requests proposals from organizations seeking to deliver summer programming (up to 12 weeks in summer 2021) for children birth to 5 and their parents, to support social-emotional development, parent-child attachment, parent engagement, peer learning and community-building.
Eligible program models include, but are not limited to:
- “Play and Learn” programs
- Summer group-based programs delivered by providers of home visiting services
- “Baby and Me” workshops and classes
- Parent-child kindergarten readiness programs
This grant program recognizes that the pandemic has had wide and varied impacts on children and families across the state and that those impacts will also continue to influence how families will engage in summer learning and enrichment. Grants will fund a variety of programs to ensure young children and their parents have the best opportunity to choose the program that will help them address the educational, social, emotional, and other impacts of the pandemic.
Grants will cover general operating costs of programs, including but not limited to:
- Hiring and/or compensating staff or contractors to conduct outreach to families, coordinate and plan programs, and provide interactive summer activity and enrichment opportunities for children and their parents.
Materials, resources, curricula, equipment, food and basic needs, transportation costs, stipends, incentives, and other items to successfully support providing summer learning opportunities.
- Costs associated with expanding summer program offerings to reach and include more young children and their parents, including additional space, materials, resources, transportation, and staffing.
- Materials, equipment, PPE, trainings, and other items to meet OHA guidelines and ensure that safety needs of staff, participants, and families are met.
- Hiring staff or contracting with experts to ensure program(s) are able to meet evolving OHA guidelines to ensure the safety of children, families, and staff.
One-time grants ranging up to $50,000 will be awarded to eligible organizations. We anticipate a wide range of award sizes based on program size, type, and population focus. Applicants must have experience offering similar programming to young children and their families and commit to monitoring and continuing to meet OHA guidelines. Eligible organizations include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribal governments, public agencies, schools, and colleges located in Oregon that provide community-based programming.
The OCF Early Childhood Summer Support Grant Program will target funds to organizations serving priority populations as previously described.
At the time of submitting the grant application, organizations must also self-certify that they are in compliance with all local and state standards that ensure the safety and protection of the children with whom they provide services. They must self-certify that they will carry all requisite insurance needed to protect against loss or damages incurred
Programs that are eligible for Early Learning Division Summer Learning and Child Care Grants (Early Childhood Equity Fund, Oregon Pre-Kindergarten, and Preschool Promise grantees) are not eligible for OCF funds. Please click here for more information about ELD summer programming funding.
At the conclusion of the grant, organizations may be asked to participate in a focus group and/or survey to share learnings and information about use of funds and impacts. No other report will be required.
The application deadline is May 25, 2021, and applicants will be notified about grant awards on or before June 25, 2021, with checks mailed in the fourth week of June. Applications will be considered based upon populations reached and geographic location.
Please take a look at the FAQs in the section below.
Questions about technical help with the application process or online application portal can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information contact Mary Louise McClintock, email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
The grants are to support access to programs and activities that parents can experience together with their children and other families. The intent is to provide funding for group-based classes, workshops and activities that can help strengthen parent-child bonds, reduce family isolation and provide access to peer learning, and support healthy child development.
No – these are not child care grants. Additionally, organizations must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribal governments, public agencies, schools, and colleges located in Oregon that provide community-based programming.
May 25, 2021, 5 p.m.
On or before June 25, 2021.
Checks will be mailed (or grant funds transferred electronically, if the applicant chooses that option) in the fourth week of June.
In consultation with the Early Learning Division, the OCF grants are intended to support programs in which parents and young children participate together, and primarily in group settings with other families.
OCF defines parent as any primary caregiver, including but not limited to biological or adoptive parents, grandparents or other extended family, foster parents, etc.
Programming must be offered in person or via hybrid models, in compliance with Oregon Health Authority guidelines.
No – programs can focus on infants, infants and toddlers, and or preschool-age children and their parents.
The maximum grant award is $50,000, but organizations may apply for smaller amounts.
No – but please provide information in the application about the total budget for your summer programming for this age group, and a description of how you will use the OCF grant funds.
We define a rural community as one with a population of 35,000 or fewer that is NOT directly adjacent to (or part of a) metropolitan area of 50,000 or more.
Under-resourced communities have high proportions of low to moderate income residents and generally receive below average services and financial resources from government sources. Many, but not all, of them comprise an above average number of people of color, immigrants, and/or geographically isolated individuals. People earn lower incomes due to many factors, but they often have been negatively impacted by social and economic marginalization. Some communities have been intentionally disenfranchised by decades of redlining and/or economic disinvestment that limits access to resources and services, devalues physical assets, and weakens community anchor institutions. Others may experience geographic isolation that results in limited investment in critical infrastructure such as medical facilities, internet connectivity and transportation. Combined, these conditions create what we refer to as under-resourced communities.
Questions about the grant program can be directed to Mary Louise McClintock, firstname.lastname@example.org.