Putting together a grant application can often be intimidating. For this reason, IECAM has put together this step-by-step guide on how to gather the data and information you will need for your grant application.

Step 1

Use the PFA/PI Grant Proposal standard report. This standard report covers some of the demographic and program data you will need. We encourage you to check out each step carefully as updated early childhood and demographic data and links can be found in Steps 2 and 3.

Make sure to get data for all the geographic regions represented in your service area. These may include county, municipality, zip code/ZCTA, unit school districts, elementary school districts, townships, state and/or federal legislative districts, ISBE and/or IDHS regions. If necessary, go back to the standard report where you can find these different geographic regions.

Step 2

Use the updated early childhood  program data (e.g., Head Start, PFA, PFA Expansion) from the Up-to-date Data in Spreadsheets page instead of the  program data from the standard report. Because of time constraints, we were not able to include these data in the Standard Report or our Tabular Data Search. These data are in spreadsheets by year with different sheets (or tabs) for each geographic area.

Step 3

Use additional demographic data to supplement descriptions of your service area.

Step 4

Call and/or meet with your local early childhood partners (e.g., Head Start, PFA, PI, child care providers) to help you describe the current landscape of early care and education in your area not covered by IECAM data, such as current enrollment numbers.

Call and/or meet with your community partners that support and contribute to child and family well-being, including physical and mental health services, housing providers, and homeless shelters, to help you describe actual or potential collaborations to better serve children in your area.

For more, visit our Collaboration Resources for RFPs page.


If you need more assistance, just ask! You may also call 877-275-3227 or email us at iecam@illinois.edu. We are more than happy to help.