Our Grantmaking


The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation provides resources and technical assistance for local Smart Beginnings initiatives for improving community capacity to implement systemic solutions to complex early childhood issues that impact school readiness.

Smart Beginnings Systems Building and Refinement:

Cash grants, accompanied by expert technical assistance, support the establishment and refinement of a comprehensive and sustainable Smart Beginnings initiative as a strategic asset for school readiness, economic and workforce development planning in designated jurisdictions.

Smart Beginnings Systems Excellence:

Cash grants, accompanied by expert technical assistance, support quality improvement, excellence, and innovation in "ready" Smart Beginnings regions.  Examples of these grants include:

Innovation Partnership Awards: These competitive grant awards support and document for potential replication "bright spots" of innovative partnerships in local communities improving access to high quality early education/preschool for at-risk children, readying children, families, and schools for kindergarten success.  Learn more.

Smart Beginnings for Southside Families: These W. K. Kellogg Foundation-funded grants provide coordination and implementation of a dual-generation approach to supporting the healthy development of young children as well as the education and career goals of parents in Southside Virginia.

Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission:  Since 2009, the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has provided significant funding to develop Smart Beginnings in the Southside and Southwest regions of the Commonwealth.  Over the next three years, grants to Smart Beginnings initiatives in Southside will increase provider participation in Virginia's Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and offer early childhood teachers access to scholarships for completion of coursework in their field.