Head Start Announces Expansion Grant Opportunity

Jan 21, 2010

The Office of Head Start recently announced that $6.8 million in expansion grants is available for current federally funded Head Start grantees to increase the number of low-income, preschool-age children served by Head Start. Eligible grantees are limited to those in: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Wyoming, and the jurisdictions of Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Funding for these grants is made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Grantees may apply to expand enrollment in current service areas or to serve communities where Head Start is not presently available, provided that other requirements are met. Some funding may also be used to support training and technical assistance needs related to expansion. The grants, which will be competitively awarded, are for a project and budget period of 17 months and include a cost sharing requirement. A waiver or reduction in the cost sharing provision may be granted for some cases. The deadline for applications is March 8, 2010. About 20 awards are expected to be distributed.

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