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Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Research and Development
Projects on Early Childhood Welfare and Development

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Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Deadline Date:

01/30/18 - Receipt by email


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for research and development projects that strive to improve the welfare of children, ages infancy through 7 years. Programs may focus on the three general areas of welfare, early childhood play and education, and parenting education. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration, and childcare.

Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale. Because of the Foundation’s limited funding capability, it seeks to maximize a grant's potential impact.

Focus Areas

- Early Childhood Welfare: The Foundation 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.

- Early Childhood Education and Play: Funding is intended to improve 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.

- Parenting Education: To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the Foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181620

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will not fund more than the first year of multiple year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will not fund:
- The operation or expansion of existing programs
​- The purchase or renovation of capital equipment
​- The staging of single events (e.g., concerts, seminars, etc.)
​- The creation or acquisition of works of art or literary works
​- Individuals or for-profit entities
​- Political or religious organizations
​- Programs with any religious content
​- Programs to benefit children residing in foreign countries
- Medical research applicable to both adults and children

Furthermore, the Foundation will only fund grant applications that define measurable outcomes, include credible methods for documenting and assessing results, provide for financial accountability in the application of funds, and include detailed, prudent implementation budgets.

Policy on Funding Indirect Expenses for Grants:
- The Foundation will not fund arbitrary or excessive allocations of indirect expenses even if a project is worthy. The Foundation’s Board will only approve a maximum of 15% of a project’s direct expenses, when earmarked as general and/or administrative overhead.

Pre-Application Information:

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood has a two-step funding application process that includes both a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a Full Proposal. Once a Letter of Inquiry is received by the Foundation, the Directors will determine if the proposed program fits the Foundation’s funding guidelines. Successful applicants will be invited via email to submit Full Proposals.

The deadline for submitting an LOI by email is January 30, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email LOIs to:

All written correspondence to the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood should be directed to:
Amanda R. Keiffer, CPA
108 East Main Street
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming