The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is calling for proposals for Smart Start funding for fiscal years July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

Smart Start funds are dedicated to ensuring that all preschool-age children ages birth to five, arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. In order to accomplish this goal, BRPFC addresses the following community needs in its programming:

 Early Care and Education – Quality and Workforce: Increasing support to child care providers
regarding their professional development, and expanding collaboration between kindergarten
and preschool teachers to support successful transitions.

 Family Support: Increasing access for families to quality child care options and other needed
services, and building a continuum of parent education opportunities.

 Health: Increasing children’s access to health care services and fresh food, and ensuring
parents/ caregivers have the tools they need to raise a healthy, safe child.

 Kindergarten Readiness: Academic and social-emotional readiness including but not limited to
expansion of early literacy programs, and provision of services to families and children not
enrolled in licensed child care.

If you have a program or project that meets these program priority areas and are interested in providing services that address the needs of children from pre-natal to age five, their families and/or caregivers, the Partnership would like to hear from you! Eligible applicants include non-profit, government agencies, community-based organizations and institutions of higher education with experience in delivering services to children, their families and child care professionals. Approval of funding for these proposals will be provided for a two-year term and is contingent on funding availability and adherence to the requirements of the grant.

To learn more about the application specifics and guidelines for Smart Start funding and request a
proposal packet, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The proposal package is also
available on our website at www.BlueRidgeChildren.org.

The deadline for submitting bids for Smart Start funding is February 5, 2021 by 12:00 PM. Proposals
should be received electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AND a hard copy delivered to: Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, PO Box 1387, Burnsville, NC 28714.