February 28, 2019

Smart Start Partnership for Children is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate to build a strong foundation for young children in our community.  To that end we support programs that focus on early childhood education, health, and family engagement for families with children age birth thru five.

Smart Start Partnership for Children requests proposals yearly.  There is a three-step grant request and review process for the 2019-2020 funding cycle.

Letter of Intent:

The first step is submission of a 1-2-page Letter of Intent. It should briefly outline the following:

1)   Name of your organization and contact information
2)   Project Title
3)   Estimate of grant request amount
4)   Your organization's mission and work
5)   Statement of Need
6)   Scope of Work
7)   Overall goals and objectives

Request for Proposal:

The second step is the submission of a complete Request for Proposal. The RFP package will be provided to agencies upon review and acceptance of their letter of intent.

The Review Process:

Smart Start Partnership for Children Board Committees will review the RFP’s carefully to ensure the proposals fit our current priorities and resources. During this period the committee may request additional information or a face to face interview. Recommendations for funding will be submitted to the full Board of Directors on June 27, 2019 for final awards. Notifications will occur on Friday June 28, 2019.


February 28, 2019  -  Release Request for Letters of Intent

March 14, 2019  -  Letters of Intent Due (by 3:00 p.m.)

March 28, 2019  -  Request for Proposals released to approved LOI’s

April 30, 2019  -  Request for Proposals Due (by 3:00 p.m.)

May 13 - May 31, 2019  -  Board Committee Review

June 27, 2019  -  Board Meeting

June 28, 2019  -  Award Notification

All questions can be directed to Sonia Gironda, Executive Director at 828-693-1580 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For printable Letter of Intent Instructions, click here.

For a copy of the 2019-2020 Annual Plan with types of programs Smart Start has funded in the past, please click here.