Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds early childhood education mainly through its "poverty in Washington State" initiative. The foundation has named Tennessee and Oregon as areas of interest for early childhood education and works with research and advocacy organizations on the national level.

IP TAKE: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation prioritizes the development of quality teachers and research and advocacy for public preschool programs. In addition to national programs, the foundation supports early childhood education in Washington State and has named Tennessee and Oregon as areas of interest. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals but posts RFPs on its website.

PROFILE:  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was founded in 2000 by Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, and is based in Seattle, Washington. Believing that “all lives have equal value,” this foundation pursues four main initiatives: to ensure that more children “survive and thrive,” to empower the poor, to combat infectious disease, and “to inspire people to take action and change their world.”

The foundation's "survive and thrive" initiative invests in K-12 education, healthy mothers and babies, child nutrition and poverty in Washington State. Early childhood education funding stems mainly from Gates's poverty in Washington State program, although Tennessee and Oregon have been named as states "where we can make a difference." The foundation prioritizes the development of quality teachers and research and advocacy for public preschool programs. Among its grantees are Seattle, Washington's White Center, which launched an Educare early childhood education hub, and the First Five Years Fund, an organization that advocates aims to secure federal funding for early childhood programs in low-income communities through research and advocacy. 

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants range from $5,000 to $5 million, but most grants range from $300,000 to $1 million. The foundation sets no geographic limits to its funding, but many grants in the field of early childhood education have been directed toward the state of Washington. A searchable database of past grants is available on the foundation's website. 

This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals but posts RFPs on its grant opportunities page.

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