Congratulations to our most recent capacity building grantees! Today, we are excited to announce the winners of $248,500 in capacity building grants to four early education providers to help expand access to high-quality early education programs throughout the state.
The grants will create 153 new permanent high-quality seats in Grant, Lake, Madison and Montgomery counties and are made possible through the Lilly Endowment’s support of Early Learning Indiana.
The grant recipients and anticipated impact are:
- Elwood Elementary School, Elwood, $93,250, 68 new seats
- Fuzzy Bear Ministry Preschool, Ladoga, $55,000, 24 new seats
- Marion Community Schools Little Giants, Marion, $50,000, 21 new seats
- Mary McLeod Bethune Child Development Center, Gary, $50,250, 40 new seats
In 2015, these same programs were first awarded capacity building grants to add permanent spots for early learners. At the time, Elwood Elementary School added 24 new seats with its $49,995 grant; Fuzzy Bear Ministry Preschool received $25,215 and created 29 new seats; Mary McLeod Bethune Child Development Center received $50,000 and added 112 new spots; and Marion Community Schools Little Giants created 90 new seats with its $50,000 award.
We have awarded 17 different capacity building grants, totaling more than $888,000 to create more than 900 new high-quality seats across the state.