Equity Grants: Closing Achievement and Opportunity Gaps [Early Childhood Education]

Categories: Achievement / Opportunity Gap, Children, Early Childhood, Education


Rochester Area Community Foundation is interested in supporting the early childhood community in the following ways:

  • Projects that involve public policy research, evaluation, and/or advocacy in order to better understand the scope of a policy advocate for change or improve the delivery of services;
  • Broad communication efforts that, for example, would attempt to affect the behavior of a large number of individuals or foster public dialogue on an issue;
  • Organizations providing cost-effective training or technical assistance, contracting with an outside expert to serve as a resource, or facilitating peer group learning in order to improve the effectiveness of a large number of early childhood care providers; and
  • Projects that leverage significant other support and/or dollars from government, major private foundations, or individuals.

To learn about the endowed funds supporting this competitive grant, please click HERE.

Eligibility Criteria

Any 501(c)(3) organization or government entity serving the greater Rochester region (Monroe, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties). Preference will be given to those programs serving children in the city of Rochester.

Application Due Date(s)

The most recent deadline to submit applications was May 17, 2021.

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Applications are accepted online. Click here to begin a new application, create a new online account, or return to your account.

Note: Our application includes a request for the demographics of applicants’ boards and staff. This information will not be used to determine grant awards. Rather, it will be used to provide a snapshot of the diversity within community organizations that have applied for and/or received Community Foundation funding.


Nancy Kaplan
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607-1912

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