Child Care Grant Opportunities in Nebraska

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Child Care Grant: 
Awards a maximum of $5000 for Child Care Homes, and $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 modifications or purchasing equipment necessary to meet licensing requirements;
  • An existing licensed Child Care Home or Child Care Center making modifications or purchasing equipment to increase the license capacity in order to serve additional infants, schoolagers, and/or children with special needs;
  • 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 for three consecutive years.
 

Emergency Mini-Grant: 
Available to licensed Family Child Care Homes or Child Care Centers (*or those who are in the licensing process and have had initial inspections conducted), and awards up to $1000 for Provisional year licenses, and up to $2000 for Operating (non-expiring) licenses.
 
Applicants must be currently licensed or have submitted application for license (either a Provisional or Operating license), and in good standing, and must have an 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
  • Health Inspector
Once funded, providers must remain in business for three consecutive years.
 

Quality Improvement Grant: 
Awards a maximum of $500 for Family Child Care Homes or Child Care Centers.
 
Applicants must be currently licensed, (either a Provisional license or Operating license), and in good standing, and must be currently providing care to low-income families (“Child Care Subsidy”).  Requested items must be related to improving the quality of the program/curriculum of the child care.  Once funded, providers must remain in business for three consecutive years.
 

Legally Exempt Providers Grant:
Awards a maximum of $100 for “Legally Exempt” providers (serving 3 or fewer children, and not required to be licensed)
 
Applicants must have a current agreement to serve low-income families (“Child Care Subsidy”).  Applications are available through local DHHS Resource Development staff.  Applicants must submit the application form plus receipts of purchases to be reimbursed.  Once funded, providers may reapply for funding after three years.


For more information, contact:
Diane Lewis, Child Care Grants Manager
Nebr. Dept. of Health & Human Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE  68509Phone: (402) 471-9152
E-mail: Diane Lewis

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