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  • Child Care Business Start-Up Grant Program

    WBDC is pleased to offer grants of up to $25,000 to qualified start-up child care businesses

    The Women’s Business Development Council is offering grants of up to $25,000 to qualified child care start-up businesses in Connecticut.

    Are you almost a Connecticut licensed child care provider with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), or have you recently become licensed with OEC? Are you in need of funding to help cover some of your start-up operating costs? Then this WBDC Start-Up Grant may be right for you!

    We will be offering one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 for family home providers, up to $10,000 for group homes and up to $25,000 for centers to help individuals in financial need become licensed and operating child care providers with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).  This grant program is designed to support aspiring, unlicensed, and newly licensed child care providers in need of financial assistance to cover start-up operating expenses.  It is open to those in process of becoming a licensed and operating family home (DCFH), group home (DCGH), or child care center (DCCC), and those operating as a family home, group home, or center with enrolled children for less than one year.

    Make sure to read the Eligibility section below before beginning the process to apply. We also encourage you to attend an Information Session (scroll down for link).

    This is a competitive process and the WBDC will not be able to fund all strong applicants. 

    Application period closed February 29.

    Decisions have been communicated.

    If you missed this round and are looking for funding for your business, contact us at (203) 353-1750 x129 or childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org to explore alternate funding opportunities.

    Learn About the Start Up Grant Program

    Watch a Grant Information Session to learn about what the grant can be used for, eligibility requirements, and what information we’re looking for in the application.

    Watch a recording from a previous round, but note that some information may change for the next round:
    Watch Recording in English
    Watch Recording in Spanish / Ver grabación en español

    Grant Prep Class: Financial Templates

    This session will help you prepare some of the key documents needed for your grant application — your historical & current financial statements, as well as your financial projections.  This session will walk you through gathering your financials and filling out the WBDC financial templates (or your own!).  It is open only to those that have already attended a Grant Information Session, or applied for a grant in the past year.

    Watch a recording from our May 2023 round:

    Watch Recording (English)
    Ver Grabación (Spanish)
    1. Be one of the following:
      (1) Close to becoming licensed by OEC as a family home, group home, or center with location approved by CT Department of Public Health
      (2) Operating as an CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) licensed family home, group, or center with enrolled children for less than one year
    2. Be pursuing a license or recently licensed as a provider with OEC for the first time
    3. Have your initial OEC site inspection scheduled or completed
    4. Be in good standing with the CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or on a payment plan for back-owed taxes
    5. Have a financial need for support with start-up costs

    Those that meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

    Additionally, the following businesses are NOT eligible:
    1. Prior recipients of a WBDC Start-up Grant.
    2. Municipally run child care programs, license-exempt programs, licensed youth camps, are not eligible for WBDC grants due to limited funding and alternate opportunities.
    3. If your business is outside the child care industry and based in Connecticut, WBDC has other grant programs. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a WBDC Business Advisor or participate in one of our classes to learn more.

    If there are more qualified applications than we can fund this round, priority will be given to the following programs:

    • Sites already approved by OEC, including those newly operating
    • Serve or will serve infants and toddlers
    • Accept or plan to accept Care4Kids
    • Are or plan to be a for-profit business

    Prepare Your Application

    Before you begin your application, you will be required to create a profile in WBDC’s eCenter portal to provide general information about you and your business.

    If you are an existing WBDC client that has used eCenter before to register for classes, you will need to review and update your eCenter Profile by logging into eCenter, and clicking “My Information” on the left.

    If you are an existing WBDC client that has not used eCenter before, click the link below to get to our eCenter. Then click “Forgot Password” in the top right corner. Enter your email and follow the on-screen prompts to access to your profile.  Once logged in, click “My Information” on the left to complete or update your information.

    Click here to complete your eCenter profile

    Here are the components of the application:

    Profile, Contact, and Eligibility

    Section A: Background about Your Business
    Section B: Use of Grant Funds
    Section C: Narrative of Your Business
    Section D: Supporting Documents for Uploading
    Section E: Compliance and Consent

     

    What we’re looking for in an application:

    • Thoughtful, complete, and well-developed picture of your business and how it will succeed
    • Clear use of funds, with a strong link to getting your business going
    • Financial Projections reflect seasonality of business, and numbers make sense
    • Display the business’ potential for success
    • Slot creation and strong enrollment potential
    • Job creation potential, with the business being able to create jobs
    • Return on investment, that the funds will unlock growth
    • Grant will have a meaningful impact on the business and help the business grow

    WBDC Business Advisors are available to help answer your questions after you have attended a live or on-demand information session. Appointments available in English or Spanish during standard business hours and evenings. If you need an appointment in a different language, accommodations may be possible.

    Request an appointment at:
    https://ctwbdc.wufoo.com/forms/z6mvzcg167rfc6/

    *Please note* If you review your application with a business advisor, it does not mean you will receive a grant, as an external review committee is making the decisions on which applicants receive grants.

    Additional Resources

    Proposed Use of Funds Tracker

    Download the Proposed Use of Funds’ Tracker below and fill in to indicate your proposed use of funds with the contractor/vendor, and cost of each item.  This will serve as a cover sheet for your back-up use of funds documentation.

    Access Here in Google Sheets / Download to Microsoft Excel Here

    Financial Templates

    We have optional templates for you to use for your historical and projected financial documents.

    If you are a family home (DCFH), a Balance Sheet is not required. If you utilize QuickBooks or another digital system, you should use financial statements from there, instead of the WBDC templates.

    Historical Financials Template (English/Spanish):
    Access Here in Google Sheets / Download to Microsoft Excel Here

    Financial Projections Template (English/Spanish) – complete for 1 year only:
    Access Here in Google Sheets / Download to Microsoft Excel Here

    How to Obtain a Status Letter

    Please request your letter from the CT Dept. of Revenue Services (DRS) myconneCT online center: 𝗺𝘆𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗖𝗧 (ct.gov) 

    Here is a tutorial to on how to request the status letter: Requesting a Status Letter (of Good Standing) (ct.gov)

    Click here to see an example of what your status letter should like. Please note that if it does not look like this – it is the wrong document. 

    If myconneCT doesn’t work, you can obtain your Letter of Good Standing from the CT DRS by visiting: https://drsindtax.ct.gov/AUT/welcomeindividual.aspxYou will need to log in using the EIN of your LLC, or your Social Security/Tax ID number used to file your taxes. If you file your taxes jointly with your spouse, you will need to use the main Social Security/Tax ID number used to file your taxes.  

    These grants are made possible through the generous financial support of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).