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CORE Collaborative Grants

Our CORE Collaborative Grants provide support for groups of multiple cross-sector partners with shared action plans focused on long-term outcomes for children birth to age 8 and their families with low income.

This strategy utilizes two promising national models—the 2-Generational Approach and a Collective Impact framework—that places families at the center of services, building a system of care around them. These cross-sector Collaboratives will promote five components through this approach: early childhood education, postsecondary and employment pathways, economic assets, social capital, and health and well-being.

While this type of work is important for all families, we particularly support collaborations that are intentionally working to address disparities among underserved communities, including people of color.

Seventy percent of the CORE Fund will be allocated to Collaborative CORE grants. These grants will be awarded to Collaboratives focused on young children (birth to age 8, including prenatal) and their families with low income using the conditions of Collective Impact and a 2-Generational Approach. CORE grants will be 3-year investments and will begin January 2018.

All funding decisions are made by volunteers who also help refine our investment focus. Grants are available to public and nonprofit organizations that meet the minimum standards for eligibility and can submit all required eligibility documentation.



We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 CORE Collaboratives Grants. We anticipate announcing the proposals selected for this grant period in mid-November.


Any questions related to our CORE Collaboratives Grant investments or future grant opportunities should be directed to Lark Kesterke, Director of Impact and Investments, at or 425.374.5506.