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Child Care Grants

Child Care Grants are funded from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). These funds are specifically designated to improve the quality of child care, provide quality programs for low-income children, and to increase the availability of early childhood development programs, before, and after school programs.
 
Child Care Grants are awarded monthly and applications must be postmarked by the first of the month to be included in that month’s review cycle. Child Cares may apply for only one type of grant and once funded, may not reapply for three years. The application must contain all of the required information and supporting documentation, and all sections of the application must arrive together. A committee of agency staff carefully review each application to recommend whether or not it should be funded.
 
Applicants are not entitled to Child Care Grant Funds. The awarding of grant funds involves an agreement between the child care facility and the Department of Health and Human Services to: provide licensed child care for a minimum of three consecutive years, use the grant money for its intended purpose, provide care to children whose care is subsidized by the Department of Health and Human Services, and to continue to maintain compliance with licensing regulations.
 
The grant review process may take up to 8-12 weeks. Applicants not selected for funding may reapply during a later review cycle.
 
Three different types of grants are offered: 
 
Child Care Start-Up and Expansion Grant: Awards a maximum of $5000 for Child Care Homes, and a maximum of $10,000 for Child Care Centers. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:
  • A new (not yet licensed) Child Care Home or Child Care Center making minor building modifications or purchasing equipment necessary to meet licensing requirements;
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  • An existing licensed Child Care Home or Child Care Center making minor building modifications or purchasing equipment to increase the license capacity in order to serve additional infants, school age children, and/or children with special needs.
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  • An existing licensed program making modifications or purchasing equipment in order to expand from a Family Child Care Home I to a Family Child Care Home II, or a Family Child Care Home II to a Child Care Center.
Once funded, providers must remain in business and maintain a Child Care Subsidy for three consecutive years.

Emergency Mini Grant: Awards a maximum of $1000 for Provisional year licenses, and a maximum of $2000 for Operating (non-expiring) licenses. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:
  • A currently licensed Family Child Care Home or Child Care Center (*or those who are in the licensing process and have had initial inspections conducted);
  • Be in good standing, and have a current agreement to provide care for low-income children (“Child Care Subsidy”);
  • Requested items must be currently required from inspection(s) made by: Child Care Licensing, Fire Marshal and/or Health Inspector.
Once funded, providers must remain in business and maintain a Child Care Subsidy for three consecutive years.
 
Quality Improvement Grant: Awards a maximum of $500 for Family Child Care Homes or Child Care Centers. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
  • A currently licensed Child Care Home or Child Care Center with a Provisional or Operating license;
  • Be in good standing, and have a current agreement to provide care for low-income children (“Child Care Subsidy”);
  • Requested items must be related to improving the quality of the program/curriculum of the childcare.
Once funded, providers must remain in business and maintain a Child Care Subsidy for three consecutive years.
 
 
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