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Early Childhood Scholarships - Community Colleges

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is designed to distribute funding for the provision of scholarships, coaching and other incentives for members of the workforce who directly serve children with high needs and populations that are ethnically and linguistically diverse pursuant to the requirements of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund Scholarship and Incentive Program.

The purpose is to provide initiatives and innovations to accelerate the achievement of professional competencies and career advancement, especially for educators serving young children with high needs. In addition, the purpose is to provide support for scholarships and incentives to increase access to professional development opportunities for professionals who serve children with high needs throughout the entire state of Colorado.

Approximately $240,000 is available for distribution to an organization for the purpose of providing scholarship funds to eligible college foundations. This grant proposal does not allow indirect costs to be charged. A maximum of 5% ($12,000) may be included in the budget for administrative costs associated with managing this grant.

Applicants, or its sub-recipients, are required to match the tuition awards made to individuals for a total match of at least $228,000.Priority consideration will be given to applicants who propose a higher percentage of matching funds.

Eligible applicants are organizations that provide support to educational institutions offering Early Childhood Education Associate Degrees, Early Childhood Education Certificates and Degrees or Certificates that support children with high needs (SPED, ELL, children in poverty, etc.). These educational institutions must serve Colorado residents currently enrolled in one or more of these higher education programs and are on track to complete a higher education program that prepares personnel for certificates/ degrees/endorsements.


Submit your application for the Early Learning Challenge Fund Scholarship and Incentive Program:Community College Scholarships:

One (1) electronice copy with the original scanned signatures must be received by Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. to: Competitive Grants Email. The electronic copy should include all required components of the proposal as one document. Please attach the electronic budget workbook as a separate document. Faxes will not be accepted. Incomplete or late proposals will not be considered. Application materials and budget are available


Important Documents - Please complete the RFP/Application and the Budget Template

Request for Proposal (RFP): WORD version of the application - Budget Template 


For program questions contact:

Kasey Herndon (Email or 303-866-6573)


For fiscal/budget questions contact:

Brittany Shores ( Email )

Marti Rodriguez ( Email or 303-866-6769)


For RFP specific questions contact:

Kim Burnham ( Email or 303-866-6916)

Anna Young (Email or 303-866-6250)




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