Child care is a major hurdle for many workers today. Child care subsidies can therefore have a huge economic impact in many communities. Fortunately, there are several national, state, and local daycare grants that could help these businesses get started or stay open. Whether you’re looking for a financial boost for an existing business or looking for how to start a daycare center with government grants, here are several programs you should know about.
Business grants for child care centers
Food program for children and adults
The USDA operates the Child and Adult Care Food Program to supplement the food costs of child care centers, shelters, and adult care centers. Only eligible food expenses can be paid with these funds. And the goal is to ensure that children and adults in these programs have access to nutritious meals.
Female Owned Child Care and Education Grant
WomensNet offers the Women-Owned Education and Child Care Grant specifically to support women-owned child care businesses. This grant is part of the organization’s “industry-specific” monthly grants. It is distributed each September.
State and local subsidies for child care
First Children’s Finance Child Care Facility Revitalization Grants
First Children’s Finance administers the Child Care Facility Revitalization Grant Program using funds from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Minnesota child care centers and family care providers can use funds for eligible facility upgrades and equipment purchases. The program now runs until spring 2024, with application deadlines every three months. The next deadline to apply is January 30, 2023.
Michigan Child Care Stabilization Grants
The Michigan Child Care Stabilization Grant includes $700 million in funding to support child care providers across the state. This is a non-competitive grant, so all eligible care facilities that applied should receive funding. Amounts are determined based on need and other factors.
Tennessee ARPA Stabilization Grants
The Tennessee Child Care Stabilization Grants uses funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to support child care agencies across the state. These go to related organizations, not individual companies. But the idea is to support child care providers and families who need care with the associated costs.
North Dakota COVID-19 Child Care Stabilization and Recovery Grants
The North Dakota Department of Social Services, Division of Early Childhood offers grants to support the state’s child care sector. Grant funds can be directed toward operating and facility costs, supporting both quality and access to child care services statewide. All DHS-approved programs and self-reported child care centers are welcome to apply.
Think small regional grant
Think Small’s 2022-2023 regional grant provides funding for supplies, technology, and training. Day care centers in the Seven Counties metropolitan area surrounding the Twin Cities are eligible. The competitive program is organized every year.
Indiana CCDF Accord Centers
Indiana’s Child Care and Development Fund provides additional funding to child care centers willing to work with children enrolled in the program. The state is currently looking for additional facilities interested in participating that meet the eligibility criteria.
Colorado Child Care Assistance Grants
The Colorado Child Care Relief Grant Program supports child care centers across the state that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Centers that were in operation before February 28, 2021 can apply.
Boston Child Care Entrepreneur Fund
Boston’s Childcare Entrepreneur Fund is open to both existing daycares and those looking to open new businesses. Recipients not only get grants, but also access to training and education to further their business endeavors.
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