What is a Quality Improvement Grant?
Quality Improvement Grants (QI Grants) were made possible through Michigan's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant. To date, a total of $6,523,046 has been awarded to 1,593 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 were 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 was identified from Michigan’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) budget. As of July 2018, all funding for Cycle 3 applicants has been expended.
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.