Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Grant to Support Early Childhood Improvement or Program Start Up!

The Missouri Department of Economic Development is pleased to announce the availability of $10 million in tax credits and grants to help support capital improvement and program start up costs related to Governor Nixon’s “Early Childhood Initiative”.

Children’s participation in pre-kindergarten contributes to success in elementary, secondary and post secondary education, which ultimately impacts career opportunities. The Department is providing resources to support the development of new or the expansion of existing high-quality early childhood and pre-kindergarten educational opportunities specifically directed at children of low and moderate income families.

The Department is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) today. The RFP and additional program details may be found at

Responses to the RFP are due in the offices of the Department of Economic Development no later than 5:00 p.m., May 31, 2013.

Eligible capital improvement costs may include acquisition, new building construction, rehabilitation of existing properties, and related soft costs associated: appraisal; closing costs; engineering and architectural costs; inspections; and permitting. Program start-up costs may include costs such as curriculum development; equipment related directly to curriculum delivery; and teacher training. Applicants may seek either capital improvement funds or programming funds, or both.

Applicants for funding must meet the same eligibility criteria necessary to receive funding from the Missouri Preschool Project.

A webinar is scheduled for Friday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. to provide more information to potential applicants. Webinar registration information is available on the website.