Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grant

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

GrantWatch ID#: 181620
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for research and development projects that focus on the development, health, education, safety, and quality of life of children, infancy through age seven.

Each of the Foundation's grants is made with the expectation that a successful project outcome will be of significant interest to other investigators or developers, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and will be amenable to beneficial application or adaptation elsewhere. In essence, the foundation’s goal is to provide seed money for those imaginative endeavors, addressed to the needs of young children, which appear most likely to bear fruit on a national scale.

Focus Areas Include:

- Early Childhood Welfare: Funding is intended for programs that research best child-rearing practices and identify models that can provide creative, caring environments to ensure all 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: Funding is intended for 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.

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

The Foundation will not fund:

- The operation or expansion of existing programs
​- The purchase or renovation of capital equipment, existing software or programmatic materials
​- Single events
​- The creation or acquisition of works of art or literary works
​- Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, creed, national origin or sexual orientation
​- Individuals or for-profit entities
​- Political organizations
​- Programs with any religious content
​- Organizations and/or programs operating outside the United States

Furthermore, the Foundation will only consider funding grant applications that define measurable outcomes and mechanisms for documenting results, provide for financial accountability, and include detailed program budgets.

Policy on Funding Indirect Expenses for Grants

The Foundation will not fund the general allocation of indirect expenditures to a project. The Board will only approve up to 15% of the project’s direct expenditures for general and administrative expenses that are required for the successful completion of the project.

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 is September 29, 2017.

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

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All written correspondence to the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood should be directed to:

Amanda R. Keiffer, CPA
142 E Water Street,
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745

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