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Early Childhood Grantmaking Program

| Our Priorities

This competitive grant program prioritizes nonprofits working in the areas of early childhood care and education. 

ACF seeks to support organizations making an impact by: 

  • Strengthening the skills of caregivers
  • Providing tuition assistance to increase access to quality care
  • Expanding child care capacity 

| Our Process

Each organization seeking funding should first review our grantmaking guidelines and determine whether its proposal meets the criteria and priorities of ACF. 

April - May

Office Hours

April 18 - May 22

Application is Open

May 22

Application Closes


Staff Review


ACF Board Approves Grant Awards


Award Notification & Grant Agreements Sent

July - August

Checks Mailed

If the organization meets the guidelines, begin the application process by navigating to the grant application platform. For 2024, all applicants will need to create an account in ACF’s grant management system.

| Our Criteria

We seek out grant applicants who can showcase: 

  • Alignment with one of ACF’s Early Childhood priorities.
  • Commitment to serving under-resourced people and geographies.
  • Meaningful depth and duration of contact with those served.
  • Clearly articulated metrics and demonstrated impact and positive outcomes for children and families.

ACF’s early childhood grantmaking program is a competitive process and not all requests will be funded. Each application is assessed on its own merit against the scoring criteria.

Scott Kenner

Grants Manager

| Questions?

Email Scott, ACF Grants Manager, or call 970-925-9300.

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