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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.

Start-Up & Expansion Grant application period 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.

This is a competitive process and WBDC may not be able to fund all applicants.

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 family homes, $10,000 for group homes, and $25,000 for centers for start-up operating expenses
• Open to aspiring and newly licensed child care providers
 Applications for next round opens in 2023.

• Up to $25,000 to ​create slots, maximize enrollment, and/or create new revenue streams
• Open to licensed providers operating with enrolled children for 2+ years
Applications for next round opens in 2023.
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 $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:
Learn About Our Grants

Ready to learn more about how you can apply?
Sign up for an info session and click through these boxes to make sure you have all the information you need to make your application strong!

Information Sessions Recordings - Watch Now!

Join Part 1: Overview Session to learn about what the grant can be used for and eligibility requirements!

Join Part 2: Application Process to learn about the types of information we’re looking for and how to gather the supporting documents to apply

We recommend you attend Part 1 and Part 2 of our information session to learn more about our grant program and application process, but you are not obligated to do so. You may attend just one part.

 

RECORDINGS:
PART 1- Register Here 
PART 2- Register Here 

GRABACIONES:
PARTE 1 en español- registrarse aquí
PARTE 2 en español- registrarse aquí

Business Advising

Business advising is an important part of our grant application process. We encourage applicants to create a profile on our grant portal and look over the application questions. If you have any issues, we encourage you to reach out.

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 assist you with your application once you’ve started it.  Appointments are available at no-cost in English and Spanish.

Contact us at childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org or (203) 353-1750 x113.

Eligibility

Eligibility for each grant program can be found on the grant webpage (see green boxes near the top of this page).

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

  1. Businesses that received a WBDC Child Care Business Start-up Grant, Emergency Grant, Emergency Facilities Grant, or Expansion Grant since April 2022 are not eligible for this 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.

Documents Needed For Each Grant

Multiple Award Policies

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.