New Grant Opportunity: Capacity Building Grant

Are you a Pre-K provider or looking to advance to a PTQ rating Level 3 or Level 4? Apply to this grant opportunity by Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT.  

The Indiana FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning announced a new funding opportunity for providers in 56 Indiana counties. The third round of the Early Childhood Education Capacity Building Grant Program, OECOSL Request for Funding, was released April 30, 2019. The RFF is posted at:

This opportunity seeks applications from Indiana county and community coalitions containing early childhood education providers or Individual Indiana early childhood education providers looking to build their capacity to serve more eligible pre-K children and/or improve the quality of services provided by increasing PTQ Level rating to a Level 3 or Level 4.


Items Eligible for Funding

Use of grant funding can be used to increase capacity and quality for pre-K eligible children (4 years old by Aug. 1, 2020) and can include, but is not limited to, the following items:

  • Personnel participating in the capacity building project
  • Workforce investment including training and professional development for teaching staff (see II.D.2 for an important note about CDA training courses)
  • Classroom materials that demonstrate increased outcomes for children or increased instructional practices for educators that can be tied to outcomes and KPIs in the application, including iPads for educators to perform assessments
  • Evidence-based curriculum/instructional materials with professional development for teaching staff to utilize the curriculum
  • Family engagement
  • Marketing and communication engagement that can be shown to increase capacity or quality


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Counties eligible to apply

For this round of the Early Childhood Capacity Building Grant Program, only county/community coalitions and/or individual early childhood education providers from the following Indiana counties are eligible to apply:



Early Learning Indiana Grant Match Assistance

Nonprofit applicants struggling to secure the 5% grant match minimum can request assistance from Early Learning Indiana. Interested applicants that contact Early Learning Indiana may be eligible to receive a grant match or an introduction to another entity that could provide a match. Early Learning Indiana has a request process for the grant match that is separate from the application for this grant and is available at this link provided below.

The grant match must be secured before a grant application is submitted, therefore interested applicants are encouraged to contact Early Learning Indiana as soon as possible to request assistance. Further, to receive match support from Early Learning Indiana, interested individual early education providers must prove they are a nonprofit and interested county/community coalitions must prove that each early childhood education provider(s) receiving the match support within the coalition is a nonprofit. Applicants should attempt to seek the required grant match within their community before reaching out to Early Learning Indiana and will be asked about their efforts to secure a match.


Click here to request support from Early Learning Indiana.
For questions contact:
Natalie Brake, Director of Capacity-Building for Early Learning Indiana, at or 317.636.9197 x292.


OECOSL capacity building grant applications are due by Friday, June 7, 2019, at 5 pm EST.
Please note that applications must be completed on the Early Learning Indiana online application platform. Please see the RFF document for detailed application instructions.

An optional informational webinar will be held at 1 pm EST on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The webinar will be accessible at: A recording of the webinar will be posted on the RFF webpage for those who cannot attend.