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Discoveries From the Field Fund  


In the Spring 2013, the Foundation for Early Learning (Foundation) adopted a new approach to doing our work. We continue to build on our tradition of working with communities and partners to provide services for children and families throughout Washington State. The focus of our funding and outreach addresses specific thematic areas that improve kindergarten readiness. 

Children's FacesThe Foundation is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for museums: Our second cohort of the Discoveries from the Field Fund! We believe museums play a key role and can play a larger role in how children and parents view STEM and the earlier we expose children and families to foundational STEM concepts, the more prepared our children, families and communities will be.  Museums are trusted, welcome places where children make discoveries, deepen common interests, expand words and knowledge, and connect their natural curiosity to the wider world.  This funding opportunity will support community-driven themes that expand the community’s understanding of early learning for children birth to five. 
Through our innovative granting efforts, we are supporting the creation and sharing of programs and services through our Discoveries from the Field Fund and our outreach initiatives.  The Foundation’s thematic area focuses this year on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  See our first STEM cohort projects

The Foundation is requesting museums to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through an open competitive process. LOIs must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday, January 16, 2014. 


Click here for the application and guidelines.

For questions about the LOI and guidelines, contact Susan Yang, Program Officer, at