What We Fund
The Foundation funds two types of projects:
- evaluations of existing model programs
- innovative research/new program development, including both efficacy and effectiveness studies
The Foundation favors:
- projects that bring researchers and service providers together to prove and improve the effectiveness of education environments for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty
- projects that leverage other funds
- projects with the potential to inform or guide policy or funding decisions
- projects that structure time for researchers/evaluators and program providers to collaborate
- projects that employ randomized control designs, comparison group designs, or other designs linked to measurable child outcomes
What We Don't Fund
The Foundation does not fund:
- continuing education for providers
- program operating costs
- capital projects
- research for children at risk of poor school outcomes due to medical conditions or substance abuse
- support for scaling up programs already found to be effective
- support for individual providers who wish to increase their center's Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale score or obtain accreditation
- research projects outside of the United States
- It is the Foundation's policy to provide funding through the Principal Investigator's home institution.
- The Foundation only awards grants to nonprofit organizations.
- The Foundation generally awards grants of at most $100,000 or less per year for a maximum of three years. Please provide additional justification if you are requesting
- more than this amount,
- exactly this amount, or
- a project timeline that exceeds three years.
- The Foundation caps indirect costs for both primary institutions and subcontracts at 10%. Note that the primary institution may not charge additional indirect on subcontract funds.
- The Foundation follows the same guidelines as the National Institutes of Health with regards to salary caps.
- About 25% of all Stage 1 applications are invited to continue on to Stage 2. Half of all Stage 2 submissions are funded. The Foundation's funding rate currently stands at around 12%.