The Raising Child Care Fund

The Raising Child Care Fund

RCCF Selects First Grantees, November 4, 2019 – Read the Announcement


The Raising Child Care Fund (RCCF), launched in 2018, is a project of ECFC making private foundation resources available to grow civic engagement and focus attention on the child care crisis in America. 

Finding and affording high-quality child care is a challenge for most hard working American families, yet policy solutions and financial resources to help families are nowhere near sufficient.  

Without reliable, safe, and nurturing child care, many parents face difficult choices because they have to work or attend school.  At the same time, those who provide care and education to young children often earn less than a living wage, and many have multiple jobs or rely on public programs to make ends meet. American families cannot afford the cost of high quality child care, and the country needs to solve this challenge.

Rarely do those who feel the impact of this child care crisis the most have a chance to tell their stories and to be heard by policymakers. But that is starting to change. Groups of parents and providers from over 25 states came to the first ever national Grassroots Assembly on Child Care and Early Education in Washington, DC in June 2018. The RCCF has been created to provide resources to groups dedicated to lifting up the voices of parents, child care teachers, home-based child care providers, caregivers and allies to tell their stories and be effective advocates in calling for and developing a solution to the child care crisis. 

On November 4, 2019, the RCCF announced its first set of grants to community organizing groups working to increase equitable access to high quality child care for families across the country. Read more about grantees in the Grantee Tab below.

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ECFC, in partnership with our fiscal sponsor – TSNE MissionWorks, has created a joint pool of funds with support from multiple private foundations to form the Raising Child Care Fund. Representatives from those foundations may serve on the Grant Committee to guide the work and make recommendations to TSNE Missionworks on grant awards.    

The Raising Child Care Fund will target the bulk of its resources to build capacity of local groups to recruit and educate those who most feel the impact of this crisis – especially parents, child care teachers, home-based child care providers, and caregivers – to strengthen and broaden the call for all families to be able to access high quality child care for all children.  

The RCCF Request for Proposals outlines eligibility and application guidelines.

The Raising Child Care Fund will not engage in or support direct advocacy or lobbying. All funds will be distributed to 501(c)3 organizations in compliance with IRS regulations. 

Grantmakers interested in joining us in this work can participate in three ways:

Member of Grant Committee:

Voting members must commit to 3 years of funding at a minimum level based on their previous year giving for early childhood related grants.

Draw Down Matching Funds: 

For those foundations that are limited to a certain geographic region, RCCF offers a Challenge Matching Grant that can add resources from RCCF if a state or community foundation provides aligned grants to groups in their own state/community.

Aligned Funder:

A foundation that supports aligned grantees in target states and shares information with RCCF to learn together.

Contact The Raising Child Care Fund for more information on these opportunities and giving levels for Grant Committee participation,

2019 Grant Application Deadlines have passed.  Funders interested in learning more about upcoming RCCF work should contact the RCCF.


Early Opportunities Grants

RCCF is offering Early Opportunities Grants in eight Focus States of California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Two types of grants will be offered: Developing Grants (up to $75,000/year, up to two years) and Strategic Expansion Grants (up to $150,000/first year, with potential to renew after one year).

Challenge Matching Grants

RCCF is offering some Challenge Matching Grants for those applicants in non-focus states that have secured other funding for a project in alignment with RCCF goals. They may seek matching funds up to the total limit for Developing or Strategic Expansion level support. These applicants may apply for RCCF funding in a 1:1 match up to the limit of the two categories.  

Process for Application

(1) On May 29th, ECFC hosted a webinar on Grant Opportunities available through the RCCF.  View the event archive for the webinar recording and others materials.  

(2) Communicate intentions to apply for Early Opportunities (Focus states only) or to explore the potential to apply for a Challenge Matching Grant (in other states) by emailing a brief Letter of Intent naming the lead group, any existing or potential foundation or other partners, and expected type (Developing or Strategic Expansion) of Grant request to by June 14, 2019 for our planning purposes.

Grant Application Deadlines:

Letter of Intent – June 14, 2019 (Extended from June 7)
Early Opportunities Grants – July 7, 2019 (Extended from June 28)
Challenge Matching Grants – August 30, 2019

Request for Proposals

Download the full RFP for more information, instructions and application.  [Word RFP]  [PDF RFP]


Frequently Asked Questions

Highlights of Q&A discussion from the May 29th webinar [PDF FAQs]

June 10th RCCF Office Hours for Applicants – FAQs [PDF]

June 10th Office Hours for Funders – ECFC members and Collaboratives: Log into the website to access the call recording in the Grant Opportunities webinar archives. Other interested funders contact for access to the recording.

Funding Partners





November 4, 2019 – The RCCF is pleased to announce its first set of grants to community organizing groups working to increase equitable access to high quality child care for families across the country.  In total, RCCF considered 29 applications from groups in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Most winning applicants have matching grants from state and local private foundations to support these projects. Applicants could apply for a Developing or Expansion grant, depending on the scope of work they presented. The response to the RCCF request for proposals well exceeded funding available to award this year.

The following groups will receive grant awards:

Parent Voices, a part of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network (California)

  • Mission: To make quality child care accessible and affordable to all families through a parent-run, parent-led grassroots effort.

9to5 (Georgia)

  • Mission: To build a movement to achieve economic justice, by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions.

Coalition for Social Justice (Massachusetts)

  • Mission: To bring together people affected by and concerned about poverty to advocate for economic opportunity.

Mothering Justice (Michigan)

  • Mission: To build a coalition of well-equipped mother activists — mamavists! especially women of color. 

ISAIAH (Minnesota)

  • Mission: To promote racial and economic equity through intentional, intensive leadership development and collective, faith-based actions that work toward systemic change.

OLÉ Education Fund (New Mexico)

  • Mission: To partner with working families in New Mexico to develop grassroots community organizing capacities that they use to enrich and empower their communities.

Alliance for Quality Education (New York)

  • Mission: Mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high quality public education to all students regardless of zip code.

Ohio Organizing Collaborative (Ohio)

  • Mission: Building community power for social, racial, and economic justice in Ohio.

Family Forward (Oregon)

  • Mission: To advance economic security for women and families, with a particular focus on improving economic security for mothers.