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  • Child Care Business Emergency Facilities Grant Program

    The Women’s Business Development Council is pleased to offer grants of up to $15,000 to qualified child care businesses

    The Women’s Business Development Council is offering grants of up to $15,000 to qualified Connecticut child care businesses in need of emergency facilities funding.

    This grant program is designed to help licensed child care providers suffering severe revenue shortages cover emergency facilities maintenance projects to keep their business open and operating safely.  Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to providers that can demonstrate a financial need, are committed to remaining in business, and cannot cover expenses requested in application through business income or savings.

    Eligible programs include licensed centers, group, and family child care homes.  The emergency facilities grant is designed to help cover urgent facilities maintenance for programs suffering severe revenue shortages and in need of financial support. 

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

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

    This grant will not fund general operating expenses or elective business facilities upgrades – if you are looking for financing to assist with covering these, meet with Samantha Cross (English) or Zayed Rodriguez (Spanish) to explore your options – request an appointment here.

    Application period closed April 30.

    We anticipate award decisions will be in June.

    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.

    We encourage you to work with a WBDC Business Advisor on your business in the meantime, and get your application materials prepared. This is offered at no cost.

    Hear the story of Diana Gil, a family home provider that used a WBDC grant to make urgent repairs to her space.

    Learn About the Emergency Facilities 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 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!).

    Watch Recording (English)

    Ver Grabación (Spanish)

    Those that meet all of the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

    • Be in business as an OEC-licensed family home, group, or center with enrolled children for at least 6 months at time of application
    • Meet ONE of the following enrollment criteria:
      • Have a minimum of 60% of licensed capacity currently enrolled, including school age children OR
      • Current enrollment at 60% of adjusted licensed capacity based on business model OR 
        (For instance, a Family Home with licensed capacity of 9 that never takes school-age children would calculate their enrollment based on 6 regular age – e.g., 4 currently enrolled / 6 adjusted capacity = 67% enrollment)
      • Current enrollment down to 40%-59% with classroom closing or staff layoff due to OEC, Health Department, or Fire Department finding
    • Profitable in at least 1 of the past 3 years; or broke even as a non-profit in one of these years
    • Be in good standing with the CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS), or on a payment plan for back-owed taxes
    • Have an urgent financial need, and unable to cover emergency facilities expenses from income or savings.


    Additionally, the following businesses are NOT eligible:

    1. Businesses not actively licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) as a family home (DCFH), group home (DCGH), or center (DCCC), and businesses without children currently enrolled.

    2. Businesses that were awarded a WBDC Start-up Grant, Emergency Facilities Grant, or Expansion Grant in the past 6 months for the same license number.

    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.

    4. Businesses outside of Connecticut.  Please contact your local SBA Resource Partner including our sister Women’s Business Centers around the U.S., to learn about funding opportunities in your area.

    This Emergency Facilities Grant is for urgent facilities maintenance projects only, for those programs with unmet financial need due to severe revenue shortages. Funds may be used for emergency facilities expenses only and may include:

    • Expenses to correct an OEC licensing citation of emergency status (i.e., preventing a classroom from being used)

    • Health Department or Fire Department finding impacting the program’s ability to operate fully

    • Emergency facility expense impacting the program’s ability to operate or meet basic health and safety (i.e., storm damage to facility, boiler repair, etc.)

    • Reimbursement of required (non-elective) facilities upgrades made in the last 6 months

    INELIGIBLE USES OF FUNDS:

    Funds cannot be used for real estate purchases, renovations for a leased building with less than 1 year left on lease, projects that are fully covered by insurance, or wish list upgrades not required for continued operations.

    If you received OEC Stabilization Funds, Infant/Toddler Funding, or OEC-LISC Early Childhood Facilities funding, this WBDC grant cannot be used to cover the same expenses.

    This grant will not fund general operating expenses or elective business facilities upgrades – if you are looking for financing to assist with these, meet with Samantha Cross (English) or Zayed Rodriguez (Spanish) to explore your options – request an appointment here.

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

    • Serve infants and toddlers
    • Currently receive Care4Kids
    • NAFCC or NAEYC Accredited, or Head Start Approved
    • State and/or federally funded (i.e., Care4Kids, School Readiness, Child Day Care Contract, State Head Start, Federal Head Start, and DCF)
    • For-profit programs that operate full-time* (See below definition)

     

    *For purposes of the WBDC’s Child Care Business Opportunity Fund grants, the definitions of full-time and part-time are as follows:

    • Full-time for centers (DCCC), group homes (DCGH) programs means that 50% or more of the classrooms in your program operate 30 hours or more per week.
    • Full-time for family child care homes means that your program operates 30 hours or more per week.
    • Part-time for centers (DCCC), group homes (DCGH) programs means that less than 50% of the classrooms in your program operate 30 hours or more per week.
    • Part-time for family child care homes means that your program is open less

    Prepare Your Application

    As of September 2023, we have implemented a pre-application process to better support you in assessing your eligibility for this grant program, before you spend time on the full application.

    Before you begin your application, you must complete a Pre-Application Form – CLOSED April 23, 2024. We anticipate it will reopen in August 2024.  This will help you review your eligibility and provide us initial information on your project to ensure it is eligible for this grant program. We will contact you within 3 business days of you completing your pre-application form to let you know if we have any questions about your submission, and then provide eligible providers a link to the grant application.

    We also ask that you create a profile in WBDC’s eCenter portal HERE 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.

     There are four sections of the application. For the first two sections, you will be required to provide a detailed picture of your business

    Section 1: Business Operations & Financial Summary
    Section 2: How You Would Use the Grant
    Section 3: Narrative of Your Business
    Section 4: Supporting Documents for Uploading
    Compliance and Consent

    Application Guide containing application questions and a document checklist: Download the Guide

     

    What we’re looking for in an application:

    • Thoughtful, complete, and well-developed picture of your business
    • Clear use of funds, with a strong link to its need for continued business operations, along with strong supporting detail
    • Return on investment – that funds will allow for the business’ continued operations​​
    • Unmet financial need

    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

    Historical financial statements are NOT required for Emergency Facilities Grant applicants. If you would like to provide them to better support your application, you can do so using your existing format (e.g., QuickBooks), or WBDC’s template below.

    If you are a family home (DCFH), do not complete the Balance Sheet template.

    Historical Financials Template (English/Spanish):
    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).