New Initiatives Fund for Campus Educators


The UW Office of Child Care and Family Resources provides resources for campus programs and educators. The New Initiatives Fund was created to assist campus center staff and/or programs with the development of new programming and services that are outside the scope of the annual center budget. Funds are raised privately through individual gifts and proceeds from the annual Jazzin

All UW Madison campus children's centers or early educators may apply. Appropriate submissions include requests that may have campus-wide quality improvements or the ability to be shared with or impact others. Applicants may request resources to:

  • Attend national or international conferences that have direct impact on the current professional development needs of the center/program/educator
  • Implementation of center or campus-based professional development/team-building activities for which there are no other funding sources
  • Expand outdoor equipment or materials and/or supplies that promote nature education and curriculum
  • Expand or enhance materials, curriculum, training or other aspects of respectful infant/toddler care programming
  • Expand or enhance early education/care programming and services currently being offered for our university parents and children


Three major grants will be awarded annually in amounts between $1,000-$5,000.

Five "mini-grants" in the amount of $200-$500 will be disbursed annually.

Application and Submission:

  • Awards may be sought by UW early education teaching staff, individual campus centers, or the campus consortium as a whole
  • Individual grant requests may not exceed $5,000
  • Individuals requesting funds must obtain the signature approval of their center director prior to submission.
  • Applications may be submitted throughout the year or as long as funds remain available.

To submit an application for this grant, please use the Request for Support application.

Grant Review:

Grants are reviewed as received and may be submitted anytime during the academic year or as long as funds are available.

  • Priority is given to first-time applicants and those which have campus or program-wide impact.
  • All applicants will receive email notification of the final review outcome within 30 days of submission.

Note: Proposals that exceed this amount but show potential for high-quality impact on the center, workforce, or program, should apply or discuss with the OCCFR to see if additional resources could be available.


Contributions: If interested in contributing to the fund or volunteering for an event, please contact Teri Stratton at