MSF: Early Childhood Education Grant Program

Morris Stulsaft Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 6, 2019 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County

Location of residency: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County

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Purpose of the Foundation

Dedicated to the well-being of Bay Area children and youth. We fund organizations with strong and effective leadership that prepare children and youth from low-income households for fulfilled and productive lives.

Early Childhood Education

The foundation believes that early childhood education is enhanced by:

  • Incorporating a “whole-child” approach that ensures each child, in each school and community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged
  • Engaging parents and caregivers in the pre-school experience and encouraging them to support their children’s learning
  • Supporting professional development of early childhood teachers, which encourages learning through play, movement, use of the senses, outdoor experiences, and/or creative activity

The foundation will consider requests for professional development and for programs that encourage parental engagement. Strong applicants will be infant, toddler, and pre-school centers that demonstrate a commitment to quality early childhood development through program design, excellent facilities, family engagement, and qualified staff. They must serve some combination of children ages 0 to 5, a majority of whom are from low-income families. The foundation is also open to requests from external organizations that provide high quality professional development to the type of centers outlined above, and/or develop the early childhood expertise of Transitional Kindergarten teachers.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are geographically limited to organizations headquartered in and serving the five San Francisco Bay Area counties of Alameda, Marin, northern San Mateo (extending south to Redwood City), San Francisco, and west Contra Costa.
  • The Foundation considers capital requests by invitation only.
  • Only one request from an organization will be funded in a 12-month period.
  • Organizations may receive funding for up to three consecutive years.
    • After three consecutive years of funding, an organization must take a one-year break before submitting a new application.
  • Please note that receiving one grant is not a commitment to future funding.


  • The Foundation does not award grants to individuals or independent schools.
  • The Foundation does not support conferences, events, endowments, fund development, or deficit reduction.
  • The Foundation does not support psychological services to individuals or case management services.
  • The Foundation does not make multi-year grants, but subsequent requests may be considered.