Grant Guidelines for Child & Family Development

In 2016, Rose Community Foundation’s Child and Family Development program area implemented a cluster approach to its grantmaking. By awarding grants in groups or “clusters” of organizations doing similar work, the Foundation hopes to improve our own grantmaking efficiency and to build a number of benefits for grantees. These benefits include targeted technical assistance for groups of organizations, peer learning opportunities and the creation or additional support of intermediary organizations. Ideally, these clusters will develop into long-term learning communities that help each other improve program performance, seek additional funding and increase capacity. Clusters can also work together on program implementation and evaluation.

Child and Family Development Impact Goal:

To support the healthy development of young children and economic self-sufficiency for families.

Child and Family Development Grants Funding Priorities:

  • Early Childhood Education and Development – Prevention programs and efforts that support low-income children from birth to age five, through:
    • Parent education programs that help parents recognize and understand a child’s developmental needs and promote school readiness. We are interested in programs that provide effective, long-term and comprehensive family support activities with opportunities to learn from peers and professionals.
    • High-quality and accessible child care and early childhood education designed to help young children develop the emotional security, social competence and intellectual capacity they will need to succeed in school, and to become healthy and productive adults. We provide funding to:
      • Strengthen and expand proven high-quality early education programs
      • Provide training and education for early childhood professionals
      • Develop, implement and maintain quality improvement plans for child care centers
  • Family Self-Sufficiency – Programs that help individuals obtain the skills and resources they need to provide for their families, including employment and training programs structured to meet the needs of individuals entering or seeking advancement in living-wage jobs. Programs must be comprehensive and include placement, retention and advancement in a stable job.
  • Systemic Change – Efforts to plan, create, implement and evaluate public policy that has a positive impact on early childhood education and development, and family self-sufficiency.

Grants Generally Not Supported:

  • Capital requests
  • Tuition assistance/scholarships
  • Sponsorships