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Child Care Business Opportunity Fund

Child Care Business Opportunity Fund

The Women’s Business Development Council is pleased to offer grants of up to $25,000 to qualified child care businesses

WBDC Child Care Business Opportunity Fund


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

WBDC, in partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), is offering grants of up to $25,000 to qualified child care businesses in Connecticut through its Child Care Business Opportunity Fund.  Designed to help licensed and aspiring child care businesses grow, the Opportunity Fund has grant programs targeting different stages of business, from start-ups to those ready to grow their business.

** The current round of Start-Up & Expansion Grants is now closed! Emergency Facilities Grant & Business Incentive Program are accepting applications on a rolling basis.**

For additional information and no-cost business support, contact us at childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org. Support available in English & Spanish.

Current Grant Programs to Meet a Variety of Needs

Click on the green boxes below to learn more about each grant program.

• Up to $5,000 for start-up operating expenses
• Open to aspiring and newly licensed child care providers
Applications for current round closed April 30
• Application Guide with checklist – Download Here

Up to $25,000 for urgent facilities projects to remain open & safe
• Open to licensed providers operating with enrolled children for 6+ months
• Rolling application with no deadline to apply
• Application Guide with checklist – Download Here

 

• Up to $25,000 to ​create slots, maximize enrollment, create new revenue streams
• Open to licensed providers operating with enrolled children for 2+ years
Applications for current round closed April 30
• Application Guide with checklist – Download Here
• Up to $10,000 in incremental cash grants, technology, and more for business progress
• Open to licensed providers operating with enrolled children for 1+ months
• Rolling application with no deadline to apply

For the Start-up and Expansion Grant Programs, grant awards are not made on a first come, first served basis.  All eligible applications are considered once the application period closes.  Funds are set aside on an ongoing basis for Emergency Facilities Grant and Business Incentive Program recipients.

Grant application portal is available in English & Spanish.

Child Care Business Opportunity Fund:
Grant Information Sessions

Watch the recording of our recent Grant Information Session!
Find out if your business is eligible, how you can use the funds, and what you need to do to apply.

 We encourage you to reach out to get started.  Our team can guide you on eligibility requirements and selecting the right grant program for you.  You can also meet with a WBDC Business Advisor to get started on your application.  Contact us at childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org or (203) 353-1750 x113.

The following businesses are NOT eligible for the WBDC Child Care Business Opportunity Fund.

  1. Businesses that received a WBDC Child Care Business Grant in 2022 are not eligible for this upcoming round of grants.
  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. Businesses outside the child care industry and based in Connecticut may be eligible for other WBDC grant programs.  Click here to learn more, and get going with WBDC through a class or an appointment with a Business Advisor.

If you have multiple OEC licenses, you may submit an application for each location/license number.  However, the following policies apply for multiple awards:

  1. Full-time programs can receive up to 2 grants per year, but not in subsequent cycles, in addition to the Business Incentive Program.
  2. Part-time programs can receive 1 grant per year, in addition to the Business Incentive Program.
  3. Child care owners that have multiple OEC licenses can receive grants, following the above policies, for no more than 3 sites in a year.

WBDC’s Child Care Business Opportunity Fund is made possible by a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).