New Grant Opportunities

Grants Encourage Innovative Projects to Enhance the Lives of Young Children

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood:  The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that offer programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age.

The Foundation’s areas of interest include the following:

  • The Early Childhood Welfare category supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.
  • The Early Childhood Education and Play category focuses on improving the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
  • The Parenting Education category promotes programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, and health, prenatal care, and diet, as well as programs that provide support to parents.

The Foundation’s goal is to serve as an incubator for new, innovative projects and research that will have a nationwide impact. In that regard, the Foundation does not provide grants for the revision or implementation of existing programs or research, or for capital equipment, such as playgrounds. In addition, programs located outside the U.S. are not funded. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Grants Engage Colorado Arts Organizations in Social Challenges

RedLine Contemporary Art Center: Arts in Society:The RedLine Contemporary Art Center fosters education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. Arts in Society, administered by RedLine, encourages cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans.

The program provides grants ranging in size from $10,000 to $50,000 for projects that engage arts organizations and artists as partners in finding solutions to a wide array of civic and social challenges faced by Colorado communities. The focus is on projects that best illustrate artistic excellence, broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society, demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevancy, foster community engagement, and present opportunities for shared learning. Colorado artists, activists, nonprofit organizations, universities, schools, and government agencies are all eligible to apply. The application deadline is September 16, 2019. Visit the Redline website to review the FAQs and submit an online application.

Regan Harper

Director, Networking & Resource Sharing at Colorado State Library
Contact Regan at harper_r@cde.state.co.us.
Regan Harper