Innovation & Collaboration to Address
CHILD CARE DESERTS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Common questions about the Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition
Early Learning Indiana invites communities across the state to apply for participation in its Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition. At least ten access grants will be awarded to communities that submit winning proposals focused on expanding access for children, from infants to age five, to quality early learning opportunities.
Awards must be made to a 501(c)3 nonprofit or an organization that is exempt from filing for a 501(c)3 status, such as school corporations and religious organizations.
Each application must have one lead organization matching the above eligibility standards that will serve as the main contact and fiscal agent for the award. Additionally, we encourage lead organizations to assemble community-wide teams with diverse and active stakeholders.
Early Learning Indiana will award at least ten access grants to communities that submit winning proposals, awarding between $10,000 and $100,000 per winning submission, with the possibility of greater funding for worthy applicants.
Interested organizations must submit a letter of intent by September 20, 2019, via our online application. Following a review, Early Learning Indiana will invite selected organizations to submit a full grant application, which is due November 15, 2019.
The goal of this challenge is expand access in Indiana, so all submissions should provide solutions that create early childhood seats specific to the needs of local communities in existing care settings and/or new programs. Additionally, proposals selected for advancement will be required to secure local match support (monetary or in-kind) representing 10 percent or more of the total cost of requested funds.
General submission considerations:
- Proposals should be locally inspired and represent the thinking of diverse community stakeholders, including local early learning providers, local leaders, K-12 stakeholders and business leaders.
- Priority will be given to submissions that address child care deserts, increase infant and toddler access, build the capacity of existing high-quality providers, and/or feature innovative models of care.
- August 8: Challenge announced
- September 20: Letter of intent due
- September 27: Invitation to submit full application given
- November 15: Application due
- December 6: Awards announced
- December 31: Contracts signed and funds issued
The letter of intent should include the following information:
Name and mission statement of lead organization
Names, titles and organizations for all members of community planning team
Synopsis of community need
Current programs or partnerships with the United Way of Central Indiana (if applicable)
Type of project (existing program expansion or new)
Brief project description
Amount anticipated to be requested
Projected outcomes and success measures
Applications will be evaluated on:
- Complementariness: Does your solution work with and add to the current care in your community?
- Collaboration: Have you involved all the right stakeholders? Do you have a robust local collaborative planning team?
- Feasibility: Can your project be completed well with the proposed funds and timeline?
- Sustainability: What is your plan to sustain the new seats created?
The full application may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Project plan narrative
- Project plan budget
- MOU with partnering organizations
- Lead organization’s most recent IRS Form 990 or 990-N
Project budgets may include both direct and indirect costs. Indirect costs should not exceed 10 percent of the total budget.
EARLY LEARNING INDIANA’S SOLUTION SERIES
Finding Solutions to Early Learning Challenges
Early learning experiences are essential, for Indiana’s children, families and communities. As the leading voice in early childhood, we seek to harness imagination and hard work, cultivating a learning ecosystem with bolder and better solutions to our early learning challenges.
The Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition is part of Early Learning Indiana’s Solution Series.