Providing quality, reliable child care for low-income mothers pursuing a college education

Grant Model

Grant Model

Each Nana Grant helps cover the cost of on-site technical college/university child care (per child) for roughly a year depending on the student’s program of study and the child care center tuition. We believe it is important for both the mother and child that we provide uninterrupted, stable child care for the duration of each recipient’s educational program. Our goal is to remove the uncertainty of continuous quality child care from the equation so that students can focus on their studies, graduate and get a good job that provides a living wage for them and their families.

The Need

  • 40% of Georgia’s low-income working families with children are headed by single women. Paying for child care represents a particularly tough struggle for these families.
  • Infant care in Georgia costs $1,030 (15.6%) more per year than in-state tuition for 4-year public college.
  • More than 35,000 women with children qualified for and received financial aid to attend a Georgia technical college during the 2015-16 school year. More than 23,000 of those women were single mothers.


See exactly how your dollars are making an impact. Rather than your contribution going into a large pool, Nana Grants are fulfilled incrementally, creating a tangible, attainable goal for donors. Each Nana Grant is a mini-campaign of its own. Donors can see in real time how their contributions bring us closer to reaching the attainable goal of funding that Nana Grant.

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2017 Nana Grants Annual Campaign
Help us provide quality, reliable child care for
low-income mothers pursuing a college education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Georgia?

In Georgia, single parents pay 34% of their income for center-based infant care while single parents with two children spend nearly 64% of their income for the same care. Even for married parents, the cost of one infant in center based care exceeds the 10% of family income threshold recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services. Child care is often even more expensive in urban settings than in more rural parts of a state, meaning statewide averages often understate the cost of care in more heavily populated regions. Learn more…

What if a recipient does not require a full grant child care to complete their certificate or degree program?

Some of our students are enrolled in certificate programs that require less than 12 months of school. Or, they could be enrolled in a program that requires 18 months to complete. Grant money that is leftover when a student completes her program becomes a “Seed Grant” that will be used to start a new Nana Grant campaign. A Seed Grant can be used one of two ways:


  • If the original grant was funded entirely by a corporate or individual donor, they will be encouraged to use their Seed Grant to start a new campaign to fund a new Nana Grant.
  • The Seed Grant will be used to fund a new public Nana Grant campaign and the original donor will be given a public “thank you” for sharing their Seed Grant.
How does Nana Grants determine whether a recipient is in financial need?

We require a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Student Aid Report (SAR) to determine financial need. Nana Grants applications are managed securely through FormSite.com.

How does Nana Grants verify that a student is enrolled in classes?

Recipients are required to submit a transcript of grades at the end of each quarter/semester to verify attendance. There are no requirements for academic performance beyond achieving a passing grade, but Nana Grants may intervene if it appears that a recipient is struggling to maintain good academic standing.

If a recipient receives a failing grade, they will be placed on “intervention,” meaning that a representative from the Nana Grants board of directors will work with the grant recipient to help her return to successful academic performance.

Two failing grades may result in the loss of the Nana Grant. All decisions about the revocation of a Nana Grant will be made by the board of directors. We approach each student with the mission to help her complete her education so that she can graduate and get a good job that provides a living wage for her family.

What if a student is only enrolled part-time?

Nana Grants are available to part-time students who are working an average of 25 hours per week.

Why are Nana Grants only available at certain Georgia technical colleges and universities?

At this time, Nana Grants is providing grants for on-campus child care centers. Unfortunately, many schools do not have on-campus child care services for students. As part of our mission, Nana Grants will advocate for expanded access to child care support for students. As Nana Grants continues to grow, we will explore providing grants for off-site child care near colleges and technical schools.

Our Cups Runneth Over, Indeed

Green tea, black tea, rooibos...oh my! A lovely day for the Nana Grants "Our Cups Runneth Over" Tea Tasting yesterday at Renaissance on Peachtree. Handmade tea cups donated by Roswell Clay Collective made the afternoon extra special.

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Nana Grants at Vetlanta Q3 2017 Summit

Look at this crowd! Nana Grants at the VETLANTA Q3 2017 SUMMIT hosted by KPMG. It was an honor to be in the company of 400+ individuals and organizations dedicated to veteran-orientated initiatives supporting education, housing and...

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Nana Grants, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to ensuring quality, reliable child care
for low-income mothers pursuing a postsecondary education.

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