Hearst Foundations: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Hearst Foundations support culture, education, health and social services. The foundations' education funding prioritizes higher education, innovation in pre-K-12 programming and teacher development.

IP TAKE: Most of the Hearst Foundations' education funding is directed toward higher education, but innovative pre-K-12 programming and teacher development initiatives have also been funded. This funder runs an ongoing, open application program through its website.

PROFILE: Managed as one entity, the Hearst Foundations, comprised of the Hearst Foundation Inc. and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, work in the fields of education, health, culture and social services to “ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.”  Founded in 1945 by American media magnate and New York State Congressman William Randolph Hearst, the foundations maintain headquarters in New York, serving areas east of the Mississippi River, and San Francisco, serving areas west of the Mississippi River.

Hearst's Education Funding Program is largely directed toward higher education, but innovative early childhood, K-12 and teacher development programs have also been supported. The foundations invested in the New York City-based Fund for Public Schools, which used funding to run arts instruction training programs for urban pre-K teachers. Another early childhood grantee, Room to Grow, provides early childhood development programs to urban families.

Hearst's education grants range from $50 to $250,000. The foundations do not set geographic limitations to their funding but many organizations serving the New York City area have received support. A database of past grantees and application guidelines are available on the foundations' website.

The foundations run an ongoing, open application process through their website, beginning with an eligibility quiz


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