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Funding Opportunities

Head Start grants are awarded directly to public or private nonprofit organizations, including community- and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies within a community. The same categories of organizations are eligible to apply for Early Head Start grants, except applicants need not be from the community they will be serving. Eligible entities compete for funds to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services to children and families in defined service areas.

Find available funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) from the Office of Head Start (OHS) using the following methods.

Open Funding Opportunity Announcements

ACF announces the availability of funds to be competitively awarded. These funds are for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive early learning services.

Head Start and Early Head Start Expansion

Applications are solicited only from agencies with an existing Head Start, Early Head Start (EHS), or Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership grant award. Funds are available for these communities:

Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

These FOAs solicit applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 42 U.S.C. § 9840A of the Head Start Act. Existing grantees and entities new to Head Start are both eligible to apply.

Due to the federal emergency disaster declarations in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon, these FOA has been modified to allow ONLY applicants in these states to submit applications until 10/5/2020 by 11:59 PM, ET, for electronically-submitted applications, and 4:30 PM, ET, for applications in paper format that have received an exemption from electronic submission. All other applicants are subject to the Application Due Date of 9/21/2020 by 11:59 PM, ET, for electronically-submitted applications, and 4:30 PM, ET, for applications in paper format that have received an exemption from electronic submission, as listed in Section IV.4. Submission Dates and Times.

Forecasted Funding Opportunities

OHS forecasts opportunities for available funding in individually defined service areas across the country where Head Start and Early Head Start funding may become available.  These funding opportunities are forecasted by state and territory.  Opportunities for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs are forecasted separately, as many cross several states.  Interested applicants should select a state from the dropdown feature below to view the list of available service areas and their corresponding funding levels in the state.  Applicants may email the OHS Operations Center at OHSTech@reviewops.org for additional information.

 

To learn more about the competitive grants process, explore the Grant Application Toolkit. Review guidance around eligibility determination, submitting an application for funding, and what to expect during the review process. Find responses to common questions, including those submitted directly to the OHS Grant Review Operations Center.

Last Reviewed: September 18, 2020