What is the CECPTA Grant and Why Should You Apply?

Are you passionate about supporting children in the Carrollton Farmers Branch community?

Do you have an organization that serves children ages 0-6?

Do you have an idea that would offer meaningful, innovative, and practical educational experiences?

Apply for the Carrollton Early Childhood PTA (CECPTA) 2022 Grant today!

CECPTA is offering $1,500 toward a program that supports the physical, mental, social, and/or spiritual education of preschool-aged children in Carrollton and/or Farmers Branch, Texas. Grant funds are awarded for one year, and past applicants and winners are encouraged to reapply for additional funding. Apply online at www.CECPTA.org/grant.  Hurry, the deadline to apply is February 28, 2022.

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone who provides educational programming for children ages 0-6. This includes preschools, pediatric practices, daycares, Girl and Boy Scouts, Montessori schools, music programs, gymnastic centers, dance studios, and any other innovative early childhood education offerings. You must operate as an early childhood educator in the Carrollton Farmers Branch area, but your program does not have to be part of a preschool to qualify

What materials should I gather before beginning my application?

  • If your organization is a Registered IRS 501(c)(3) Nonprofit:
    • Organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) Number (if a registered non-profit)
    • Organization’s legal name, as designated by 501(c)(3)
  • Copy of your organization’s Financial Statement and most recent Annual Report
  • Specifics for Grant Project Budget:
    • Cost of materials
    • Salaries/benefits
    • Professional fees/honoraria
    • Other costs

What can the funds be used for?

Materials, equipment, staff, or venue expenses related to a new or existing educational project. Applicants will need to clearly define specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed goals for the funds.

How many grants are awarded per year?

One grant is awarded per year for the length of one year. If you wish to receive continued funding, you must reapply every year. If you have applied in the past and have not been named winner, please apply again!

How is the winner decided?

Applications are reviewed by the Grant Committee of the Carrollton Early Childhood PTA, which includes at least two members of the executive board and an additional 3-5 members of the PTA. Applicants will be judged on their ability to use the funds for their programs based on specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed goals.

What are some of the projects that have won in the past?

The Ridge and Parker-Chase Preschools both have won CECPTA Grant funding in past years with their outdoor teaching/learning projects. With grant funding, these schools were able to purchase materials and build infrastructure to offer their students fun educational opportunities such as gardening and painting. They were also able to provide water walls and other hands-on learning stations.

What if I have further questions?

Consult the website www.CECPTA.org/grant (especially the FAQ section) or email cecptagrant@gmail.com with additional questions.

We welcome you to share this information with any qualifying organizations in Carrollton or Farmers Branch that may be interested in utilizing $1,500 in funds! Thank you for your interest in the CECPTA Grant, and good luck on your application!

Photos of the Parker-Chase Grant Project in Progress (Fall 2021):

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