What is a Quality Improvement Grant?
Quality Improvement Grants are made possible through Michigan's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant. The goal of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant is to support purposeful efforts to ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high-quality early learning and development programs.
Quality Improvement Grant and all related materials are made available through a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education.
What is the Current Status of Funding?
Due to the overwhelming response to the Race to The Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Quality Improvement Grant (QI Grant), the funds requested in Cycle 3 exceed the available funds. This means we are unable to award all eligible Cycle 3 applications within the original timeframe. Additional funds may become available; however, until such funds are identified, Cycle 3 QI Grants will be awarded according to priority. As an opportunity to raise the quality of care for all children in Michigan, programs and providers that have not received a QI Grant in a previous cycle will be prioritized.
The Race to The Top - Early Learning Challenge is a term-limited federally funded initiative intended, in part, to ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high quality early learning and development programs. With these funds, a significant investment in the Early Childhood field has already been made. To date, Quality Improvement Grant awards have exceeded the originally budgeted amount of $1,980,500, as reflected in Michigan's RTT-ELC application.
Are you eligible for a Quality Improvement Grant?
We are currently in the process of re-determining eligibility should funding become available for future cycles.
When can I apply?
Should funding become available for future cycles, application dates and deadlines will be shared.
Community Based Grant Opportunities to Consider
In order to assist providers who were anticipating applying for future grant cycles, Great Start to Quality has provided a list of potential opportunities for other funding. Please note these are not in any way endorsed by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, and are only being shared as additional options to consider. Please review all eligibility criteria, as some grant opportunities are only available to specific types of providers, and during certain times of the year.
Great Start to Quality will continue to share possible grant opportunities for child care providers in Michigan! Please continue to visit www.greatstarttoquality.org to explore potential opportunities.