Early Childhood Faculty Preparation (ECFP) Grant

Early Childhood Faculty Preparation (ECFP) Grant


The Illinois Board of Higher Education is offering a competitive grant opportunity for Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Consortium member universities offering master’s and doctoral programs for prospective early childhood faculty. The grant opportunity is part of the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) initiative. ECACE is co-led by the IBHE and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, and Illinois Department of Human Services.

The intention of the grant is to award up to $4,000,000 in grants for at least four cohorts of twelve to twenty students, with grants potentially ranging between $500,000 and $1,100,000. IBHE seeks graduate and doctoral programs to expand the pipeline of early childhood faculty by recruiting and supporting cohorts of diverse candidates in ECACE Consortium institutions to complete a degree to become faculty in Illinois higher education programs.

Submission Instructions


Application materials should be submitted via email to ecace@ibhe.org
(please include the subject line ECFP Grants).

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on October 28, 2022, to be considered for funding.

FY 2023 Applications/Request for Proposals



Early Childhood Higher Education Preparation Grants - Webinar

Learn more about the Grant Opportunity by watching the webinar presented on October 12, 2022. Please find the links for the Webinar material below.

PowerPoint (PDF) Video Recording (MP4)

For information about ECACE contact ecace-info@ecace.org