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Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Research and Development
Projects to Enhance the Welfare of Young Children

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Foundation / Corporation

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Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Deadline Date:

09/29/19 - Receipt by email


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for research and development projects aimed to enhance the welfare of infants and children up to age 7. Funding is intended to support early childhood play and education, early childhood welfare, and parenting education.
Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration, and childcare.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:

Early Childhood Welfare:
- Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their intellectual, emotional and physical development are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. Therefore, the Foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child-rearing practices and identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which young children thrive.

Early Childhood Education and Play:
- Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns – at home, in childcare settings and in preschool. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.

Parenting Education:
- To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, The Foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181620

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will not fund more than the first year of multiple year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applications must include the organization’s 501(c)(3) tax exempt status letter from the IRS.

The Foundation will not fund:

- Programs outside of the United States
- The operation or expansion of existing programs
​- The purchase or renovation of capital equipment
​- The staging of single events (e.g., concerts, seminars, etc.)
​- The creation or acquisition of works of art or literature
​- The activities of single individuals or for-profit entities
​- Political or religious organizations
​- Programs with religious content
​- Programs to benefit children residing in foreign countries
- Medical research applicable to both adults and children

The Foundation will not fund arbitrary or excessive allocations of indirect expenses even if a project is worthy. The Foundation’s Board will only approve a maximum of 15% of a project’s direct expenses, when earmarked as general and/or administrative overhead.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for submitting an LOI is September 29, 2019. Successful applicants will be invited via email to submit Full Proposals.

The Foundation will only fund grant applications that define measurable outcomes, include credible methods for documenting and assessing results, provide for financial accountability in the application of funds, and include detailed, prudent implementation budgets.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email the Letter of Inquiry to: (subject = "Letter of Inquiry")

All written correspondence to the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood should be directed to:

Amanda R. Oechler, CPA
108 East Main Street
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745


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