ABOUT THE GRANT
What is the Early Learner Community Toolkit grant?
Who Can Apply for this Grant?
What is the deadline for the Early Learner Toolkit grant?
Where can I learn more about the Early Learning Toolkit?
EARLY LEARNER COMMUNITY GRANT GUIDELINES
Planning Grant (may reference Phase 1&2 in Early Learning Toolkit)
$500-$1,000 in grant funds
1. 6-month planning period
2. Need to follow structure of Early Learning Toolkit for guidance of process or the National League of Cities Guide
3. Provide a projected budget of how funds will be spent (marketing materials, materials for programs to increase quality care, etc)
4. Items included outside of grant funds:
10 hours of Technical Assistance (value of $350)
Initial meeting facilitation by Black Hills Reads
2 showings of No Small Matter or Starting at Zero (value of $350)
Implementation Grant (may reference Phase 3&4 in Early Learning Toolkit)
Amount: Up to $5,000
1. Access to marketing materials on Early Learner website
2. 6-month check in
3. Need to have a community lead(s) in place before moving into Implementation
4. Need to follow structure of Early Learning Toolkit for guidance of process or the National League of Cities Guide
5. Consider use of Advocacy Toolkit with further implementation
6. Provide a projected budget of how funds will be spent
7. Items included outside of grant funds
10 hours of mentorship with Black Hills Reads Director with community lead
8. Need to show progress of stakeholder buy-in and initial planning to qualify for this grant
Round 2: Implementation Large scale roll out
Up to an additional $10,000
1. 6-9 months after first phase of roll-out is complete (we understand this may vary from one community to the next)
2. We would like to see communities making movement towards NLC work
3. Mentorship with Black Hills Reads Director as needed after full implementation
4. Plan for sustainability during this grant period
5. Need to show progress of implementation to qualify for this grant