South Carolina First Steps was established as both an agency of state government and an affiliate network of nonprofit organizations for the purpose of leveraging both public and private resources in support of services that prepare children to start school ready to reach their highest potential.

As the only funder of early childhood programs in every county of the state, South Carolina First Steps both administers grants of state funding on behalf of the General Assembly and actively seeks additional public and private resources to make discretionary and targeted grants in support of services to children birth through five.

There are no open funding opportunities at this time.

To learn more about First Steps grantmaking and grant seeking, contact Betty Gardiner, Director of Grantmaking and Development.