Two Funding Opportunities to Support Equity and Early Childhood

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We are eager to help spread the word about empowerment opportunities, such as funding, for partners focused on the work of early childhood and equity. As such, we’d like to share two incredible grant opportunities, regarding early childhood and racial equity, with the Pritzker Family Foundation and John Rex Endowment.

1. Pritzker Foundation: Planning Grant Opportunity for BIPOC/ALAANA-led/focused Organizations with an Interest in Prenatal to Age Three State Policy Efforts

The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation is looking for organizations that have the capacity and the interest to lead a planning effort and to engage with and work with other partners in the development of a statewide multi-racial coalition of BIPOC/ALAANA-led/focused organizations to prioritize building awareness of policy opportunities around prenatal to age three (PN-3) issues and to unite around a plan for educating policymakers and other key stakeholders on PN-3 priorities for BIPOC/ALAANA parents, families and communities. 

It is hoped that this coalition would be willing to work collaboratively with your PN-3 funded coalition in the state on common PN-3 priorities. Ideally, Pritzker hopes this would eventually result in a new coalition of coalitions or a new leadership table focused on PN-3 priorities. 

The full details of the grant opportunity are BIPOC Coalition Planning Grant Application Final. If you have ideas of organizations that might have an interest in this grant opportunity, please share it with them. 

A few key points for you to note:

  • Pritzer would like to hear back from potential partners by July 5th as to their interest.
  • States that would like to pursue a PCI systems implementation grant will need a BIPOC/ALAANA coalition partner.

Please click on this link and complete the short survey by July 5th to express your interest in this grant opportunity.

2. John Rex Endowment: Racial Equity Capacity Building

The John Rex Endowment has announced that their second Racial Equity Capacity Building Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available. The funding purpose is to increase organizations’ effectiveness in leading with a racial equity commitment as they work to improve children’s social emotional health. 

Organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for this opportunity by Tuesday, July 12, 2022, if they: 

  • Are a Wake County (not statewide) organization that has been in operation for at least three (3) years either with its own 501(c)(3) status or using a fiscal sponsor. 
  • Exist to provide direct support of children’s and families’ social emotional health. 
  • Are focused on strengthening how it centers racial equity and/or racial justice to support children’s and families’ social emotional health, particularly for those made most marginalized by structural racism. 
  • Have an operating budget between $100,000 – $1.5 million and are not part of a hospital system, K-12 school, or postsecondary colleges and universities. 

More details on how this eligibility is defined are in the RFP and will be discussed on upcoming webinars.  

The John Rex Endowment will award up to four (4) Racial Equity Capacity Building Grants. The grant term is three years, beginning November 2022. Funding requests may be up to $225,000 ($75,000 per year). Full details are online here

Questions about the Endowment’s funding opportunities? Contact Gladys Hairston, Director of Learning, Research, and Evaluation via email at