While you may be aware of grants available to low-income families to help them afford day care, did you that grants are also available for child care providers (some in a roundabout manner)? Below are a few to check out:
· Community Development Block Grants – These grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are awarded to local and state government agencies. The funds are intended for capital improvements (such as renovating public daycare facilities).
· Childcare Development Block Grants – These grants are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. They go directly to public agencies and nonprofit organizations and the funds are used to subsidize daycare costs for eligible families. In some cases, daycare providers may qualify for funds to update their facilities in order to meet state health and safety standards.
· 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants – These grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and issued by individual state education agencies. Daycare centers seeking funds for tutoring, after school programs, music and art programs, and cultural activities may qualify for a grant.