PNC Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW:  The PNC Foundation supports education and economic development in the cities and states served by its parent banking corporation. Its support of early childhood education stems from its signature Grow Up Great program and its foundation grants.

IP TAKE:  Early childhood education is the main priority of PNC's education funding. Its Grow Up Great program works with established partners to provide bilingual educational opportunities to underserved populations, and its foundation grants support organizations working in the areas of early math, science and arts, as well as parent engagement and teacher development initiatives.


PROFILE: Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the PNC Foundation works with nonprofit organizations in the geographic areas served by its parent banking corporation. It aims to "enhance educational opportunities, with an emphasis on early childhood education, and to promote the growth of communities through economic development initiatives."  In addition to its signature Grow Up Great program, this funder awards foundation grants in the areas of education and economic development.

PNC's early education funding stems from both its Grow Up Great program and its foundation grants in the area of education. Grow Up Great generally works with established partners such as Sesame Workshop and the National Head Start Association to "provide innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community partners to enhance children's learning and development." This initiative prioritizes bilingual children and underserved communities. PNC's foundation grants are directed toward organizations serving low- and moderate-income communities and prioritize early math, science and arts programs for children from birth to age five. Funded programs include direct services, teacher development, family engagement and volunteer opportunities for employees of the foundation's parent company. One grantee, the Say & Play with Words program, offers early literacy and vocabulary development support to families, teachers and caregivers in Detroit, Michigan. PNC has also supported the South Carolina Aquarium's early childhood educational program and toddler play area.

The PNC Foundation provides a list of eligible states and counties as well as contacts for these geographic areas on its webpage.

While PNC's Grow Up Great program does not accept unsolicited proposals, organizations operating in the 18 states served by PNC and those operating in the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for foundation grants. The application process begins with an eligibility quiz.  


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