Foundation Helps Pre-K-3 Classrooms

Private Funder: Foundation for Child Development (FCD); Opportunity: Education grants; Funding Focus: Education & child development; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Researchers and institutions of higher education; Funding: Multiple awards; Deadline: Rolling (letter of inquiry).

Summary: Grants go for efforts to realign Pre-K-3 classroom instruction. The grants support policy development, advocacy, and communications strategies. Although this program is not accepting unsolicited applications, you can start with a letter of inquiry, foundation officers tell us. The FCD awards an average of 14 grants each year.

Other Grants

FCD releases new guidelines for its Young Scholars Program (; that program runs on a different funding track. It supports a new generation of scholars conducting research on development of children in immigrant families from birth to age 10, particularly those who are living in low-income families. Given the limited research on young immigrant children, proposals focused on children from birth to age 8 are highly encouraged. Questions can be submitted via e-mail to

Info: 212/867-5777, Fax, 212/867-5844, or

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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