What is a Quality Improvement Grant?
Quality Improvement Grants (QI Grants) are made possible through Michigan's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant. To date, a total of $4,912,082 has been awarded to 1,210 child care programs and providers across the state, in support of the achievement of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant’s goal: Supporting purposeful efforts to increase quality and ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high-quality early learning and development programs. With the awarded funds, early childhood programs and providers were able to purchase high quality early learning materials which supported their program’s Quality Improvement Plan goals.
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?
Funding to support Cycle 3 applicants who originally received an approval letter for delayed funding has been identified from Michigan’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) budget! We understand that your program's needs and your Quality Improvement Plan goals may have changed since your original application. Because of this, and the limited time frame in which all Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge funds must be spent, a different approach will be taken to award Quality Improvement Grant applicants who applied during Cycle 3.
How do I access my Cycle 3 QI Grant award?
If your program previously received a delayed approval letter during the QI Grant Cycle 3, please access the catalog in the “Cycle 3 Resources” section (to the right). A link to your program’s order form will be sent to you via email.
Please note: If your program did not complete previous QI Grant reporting requirements, including the submission of a report form or any additional requested follow-up information regarding your QI Grant funds, your program is not eligible to receive a QI Grant Cycle 3 award. Additionally, to be eligible, your program must currently have a published rating on Great Start to Quality.
How long can I access my Cycle 3 QI Grant award?
Due to the limited time frame in which all Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge funds must be spent (December 31, 2018), please understand that all due dates are final. Order forms must be submitted by May 31, 2018. For more information regarding using the order form to access your award, please see the resources to the right on this page.
Additional Funding Opportunities
With the identification of additional funds, Great Start to Quality will also be offering another incentive opportunity which aligns with the RTT-ELC grant’s priorities! This incentive opportunity (Early Learning Awards) will be open to all programs and providers participating in Great Start to Quality, including awardees from all previous Quality Improvement Grant cycles. Award amounts will vary based on a number of factors intended to support high risk children having access to high quality. Please visit www.greatstarttoquality.org to learn more about Early Learning Awards, and how you can apply!
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.