Mini Grant FAQs

Any type of project related to early childhood education could be a winner. Projects must be developmentally appropriate, demonstrate the ability to enhance your program and be able to be executed between September and April. Mini Grant recipients are asked to be prepared to present their project at the NYAEYC Annual Conference, which takes place in April of each year. Successful applicants have included teachers, assistants, family day care providers, administrators, consultants, and college professors.
In order to be eligible to apply for a Mini Grant you must be a current member of NYAEYC, and if awarded you must maintain your membership throughout the grant period. Membership in NYAEYC is an individual professional membership; there are no group or center memberships. Please note NYAEYC Governing Board members are not eligible to apply.
Mini Grant awards are up to $500 depending on the scope of the project and the budget submitted.
The grant application provides guidance as to what should be included; a description of the project, the rationale for it, the objectives of the project and a budget. You may also want to consider attending the two Mini Grant sessions at the annual conference, if you’re attending. The first provides a detailed overview of the application and evaluation process. The second is presented by the current year’s Mini Grant recipients describing their projects in detail. The 2021 Annual Conference is April 15-17 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. You may also submit questions to the Mini Grant Committee at
Application deadline has passed.
Application deadline has passed.

Please contact NYAEYC with any questions or if you need additional information by email at or by phone at 518-867-3517.

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