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Community Initiative Fund – ECE Shared Services Alliance

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits to Collaborate on Services
that Address Early Childhood Education and Care

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF) - Community Initiative Fund

Deadline Date:

04/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to develop and create a partnership for the purpose of addressing community needs. Funding is intended to support the creation of a collaborative group designed to promote early childhood education and care. This membership-based alliance will strengthen local child care providers by sharing costs to deliver services. The alliance will serve Lucas County, with a priority for the city of Toledo.

The goal of a shared services alliance is to improve outcomes by strengthening the capacity of a sector. In the case of the child care sector, this includes providing both business and pedagogical capacity building. Through this initiative, strong and innovative business leadership is expected to maximize resources and create more efficiencies in all staffing areas, ultimately leading to greater resources for improved teacher compensation and classroom conditions - resulting in improved outcomes for children served and financial stability for providers. 

It is anticipated that a shared services alliance will be established which includes: 1) a Host Entity responsible for organizing and leading the Initiative, 2) one or more Hub Agencies responsible for providing services to alliance members, and 3) an alliance membership base of multiple child care providers serving a minimum of 300 children total. For additional information about Host Entities and Hub Agencies, see:

Shared services alliances utilize a membership structure to share costs leading to more sustainable organizations. In these systems, members benefit from services including, but not limited to:

  • Bookkeeping and billing
  • Fiscal oversight, grants reporting, and audits
  • Marketing and enrollment management
  • Payroll and human resources support
  • Staffing and substitute services
  • Shared professional development
  • Joint purchasing

The project period may include a planning phase (if needed), start-up costs (examples include items such as hardware or IT support to create common technology platforms for automating business practices and sharing data, drafting legal documents, etc.), and operating expenses. Proposals may focus on center- and/or home-based providers. All child care provider members served by the alliance must be licensed. It is expected that the awarded applicant(s) will develop a sustainability plan that will not depend upon GTCF Initiative funding at the project’s conclusion.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193985

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The funded Initiative is anticipated to launch in July 2021.

Term of Contract:

Three to four years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will only be awarded to nonprofit, charitable organizations that have been designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

Proposals must be submitted through the Foundation’s online application process.

Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to call the Foundation. Program staff is available to answer questions regarding the grant application process.

Application information:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For additional information, please contact:
Patrick Johnston, Vice President, Community Investments
Greater Toledo Community Foundation
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604
Telephone: 419.241.5049

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Lucas County, with a priority for the city of Toledo.

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