LEGO Children's Fund: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: LEGO's education grants support Connecticut nonprofits that help young people "develop their creativity and learning skills through constructive play." 

IP TAKE: LEGO supports Connecticut organizations support creative learning and STEM. Presently, the fund only makes grants to organizations located in Connecticut; however, grantseekers should check the fund's website often to ascertain whether it has expanded its geographic focus.  

PROFILE: The LEGO Community Fund seeks “to develop the builders of tomorrow” through "hands-on play and learning through play," which the fund believes will help all children reach their potential.

LEGO's grantmaking is relatively broad-based and supports a variety of projects and programs that address both "constructive play" and providing access to engineering learning for elementary students or arts and crafts programs for toddlers and infants.  Based in Connecticut, LEGO strictly funds organizations located there or facilitating projects that take place in Connecticut. The fund ultimately seeks to fund nonprofits that support children from infancy to 14 years old. LEGO prioritizes programs that benefit underserved children. In the past, it funded organizations where it has a corporate presence, such as the Bentonville Child Care Development Center for an infant playscape. However, the fund recently shifted to an exclusive focus on Connecticut-based organizations.

Grantseekers should note that LEGO prioritizes organizations that leverage its grants to bring in additional funds. Traditionally, LEGO has supported project grants — not general support — which "allows the foundation to direct its efforts towards specific areas." The fund also provides an open application process with new grants approved four times each year. To begin the application process, nonprofits must complete an eligibility quiz and fill out a two-part application.

KEY PEOPLE:

  • Soren Torp Laursen, President*
  • Brian Specht, Vice President*