Find Funding Opportunities
You can find and apply for a grant through Grants.gov using the resources below, or can sign up to receive email notifications of new grant opportunity postings and updates. You do not need to be a registered user of Grants.gov to sign up for this service.
- You can also search Grants.gov for Head Start and Early Head Start funding announcements using CFDA Number 93.600.
- Notices Based on Funding Opportunity Number
Select this option to receive notifications based on Funding Opportunity Number (FON). A FON is a number that a federal agency assigns to each specific grant announcement.
- Notices Based on Advanced Search Criteria
Select notifications based on specific criteria such as funding instrument type, eligibility, or sub-agency.
- ACF Funding Opportunity Announcements
All OHS funding opportunities are available on ACF's Funding Opportunity Announcements website as well.
In addition to currently available funding opportunity announcements, the Office of Head Start will forecast other upcoming grant opportunities to the public on the HHS Grants Forecast web site. When OHS is ready to accept applications, the funding opportunity announcement will be made available on Grants.gov. To receive updates on the status of forecasted funding announcements, applicants should visit the HHS Grants Forecast site and use the search feature to locate the opportunity of interest. After locating the funding opportunity, select the "E-mail me when this page is updated" option, located under the title of the forecast, and enter an email address for notifications of status changes.
Each Office of Head Start funding opportunity announcement is posted concurrently with additional, detailed information about the existing services delivered in the community. This information is provided to promote a general understanding of current services and program assets. Organizations applying for funding to operate Head Start and/or Early Head Start program(s) in the service area are encouraged to submit proposals which demonstrate high-quality services but are not required to adopt the same service model currently utilized in the service area. It is anticipated that program assets purchased with Federal funds will remain available for use in the service area, but the actual amount, condition, number and type of assets subject to transfer cannot be determined until a final award is made.
On ACF’s OHS website, the Head Start and Early Head Start service areas currently open for competition are searchable by state. Head Start and Early Head Start funding opportunities are searchable by state. For each funding opportunity announcement, applicants can find the following:
- Grantee Profiles on the existing Head Start or Early Head Start program(s);
- Inventory of the existing Head Start or Early Head Start program(s);
- Service-area specific questions and answers.
Additionally, applicants should refer to the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines to assist in determining eligibility of children and families.
Each funding opportunity announcement posted on Grants.gov under CFDA number 93.600 includes a funding opportunity title. The descriptions below are intended to clarify the purpose of each funding opportunity announcement type.
- Head Start – A program that provides comprehensive child development services to low-income children and families when they are at least three years old by the date used to determine eligibility for public school in the community in which the Head Start program is located.
- Early Head Start – A program that provides children ages birth to three and low-income pregnant women and families with family-centered services that facilitate child development, support parental roles, and promote self-sufficiency.
- Migrant and Seasonal Head Start – A program that serves families who are engaged in agricultural work and who have changed their residence from one geographical location to another in the preceding two-year period.
- Birth-to-Five - A funding opportunity announcement that allows applicants the opportunity to apply for funding to serve children from birth to age 5 and pregnant women in one application. Unlike other OHS funding opportunity announcements, applicants will have the choice to submit a single application for a comprehensive birth-to-five program incorporating both Head Start and Early Head Start funding, or to apply for a Head Start-only or Early Head Start-only grant. This funding opportunity announcement provides the opportunity to create a high-quality early childhood education and comprehensive services program with a particular emphasis on the transition from Early Head Start to Head Start or to another high-quality early education program.
Opportunity to Apply for Birth to Five – In some service areas that are not part of the birth-to-five funding opportunity announcement, a Head Start funding announcement, which is limited to serving preschool-aged children, is posted concurrently with an Early Head Start funding announcement for infants, toddlers and pregnant women. Because these two funding opportunity announcements are being made available at the same time, for the same service area, interested applicants have an opportunity to propose to serve children birth to five years of age including pregnant women. ACF is interested in applicants that would provide high-quality birth-to-five programs by providing both Head Start and Early Head Start services as well as applicants that would provide high-quality services in only one type of program. Applicants interested in applying for a birth-to-five program must carefully read the guidance outlined in the funding opportunity announcement, and must submit two separate applications in response to the Early Head Start funding opportunity announcement as well as the Head Start funding opportunity announcement.
Last Reviewed: January 2013
Last Updated: September 15, 2014