W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's funding initiatives are thriving children, working families and equitable communities. In the area of early childhood education, this foundation aims to increase the availability of quality programs for vulnerable children.

IP TAKE: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation emphasizes vulnerable children and works to increase the availability of quality early childhood education programs. This funder's geographic priorities are Michigan; Mississippi; New Mexico; New Orleans, Louisiana; Haiti and Mexico. Kellogg accepts grant applications on an ongoing basis through its online application portal.

PROFILE: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 by "breakfast cereal pioneer" Will Keith Kellogg. Based in East Battle Creek, Michigan, this foundation "works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life." Its stated priorities are thriving children, working families and equitable communities, and it supports these causes through five funding areas: educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity and civic engagement.

Kellogg's thriving children program invests in high quality early childhood education for vulnerable children. To this end, the foundation supports schools and community programs that "are rooted in a community's culture and language," and that foster parent involvement in education. In Biloxi, Mississippi, the foundation supported the public school district's expansion of pre-K programming for underserved children. Another grantee, the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation, works to improve early childhood education "through shared services, coaching, technical assistance and training." Kellogg has also invested in the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which works toward "advancing and redefining the field of early childhood and professionalizing its workforce."

Kellogg grants range from $40,000 to about $1.5 million depending on the size and scope of funded projects. The foundation does not set specific geographic limitations to its philanthropy, but prioritizes organizations operating in Michigan; Mississippi; New Mexico; New Orleans, Louisiana, Haiti and Mexico. A database of past grants is available on its website.

The accepts applications for funding on an ongoing basis through its on-line application portal.


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