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Child Care Funding Opportunities

Learn about the grants and loans available for your child care business.

Grants and Loans for Your Business

Learn about the variety of grants and loans available for your business, through WBDC and beyond. We provide free counseling to help you apply for these funding opportunities.

 

OEC Stabilization Funding

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is committed to helping the state’s child care providers recover and rebuild with its Ready Set Rebuild initiative. Ready Set Rebuild

The first Ready Set Rebuild program is OEC’s Child Care Program Stabilization Funding.  This funding will support COVID-19 related expenses and continued operations of licensed child care programs (DCCC, DCGH, DCFH) and license-exempt programs serving Care 4 Kids families (DCEX).  WBDC is partnering with the OEC to offer business training and counseling to help providers apply for funding and manage the funds effectively once received.  It’s simple to apply, and the funds do not need to be paid back!

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WBDC Business Incentive Program

This exclusive program is specially designed to empower licensed child care providers to expand their business acumen to recover and come back stronger with healthy businesses.

WBDC, in partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), is working with licensed child care providers with a long-term business development program.  In this unique program, businesses receive incentives as they reach key milestones of business health.  These include participating in WBDC and partner classes & services, and working on business goals such as writing a business plan and practicing good bookkeeping for 3 months.  Incentives include technology, cash grants, gift cards, vouchers, and more!  Clients must be willing to commit to working with WBDC and OEC partners over 12 months to move the business forward to implement healthy operations.

Round 1 of this program is NOW CLOSED, but stay tuned for Round 2 opening in SEPTEMBER!
The best way to get become eligible for this program is to have a Business Health Assessment with a WBDC Advisor. Contact Sonique Solis to request a 1:1 assessment session or learn more at (203) 751-9550 x129 or childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org.

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The following grants are competitive, and will be awarded based on meeting eligibility requirements, the completeness of application, size of business (aka child care program), and merit of application. If you do not qualify or get awarded on your first try, you can work with a WBDC Advisor to refine your application for the 2022 round. The best way to get prepared is by booking a 1:1 session with a WBDC Child Care Advisor.

WBDC Start-Up Grant

This grant program is designed to aspiring child care providers and unlicensed providers become licensed with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).

As part of WBDC’s Child Care Opportunity Fund grant-making program, we will be offering cash grants of up to $2,500 to help individuals become CT-licensed child care providers.  This includes unlicensed family home care providers that want to become licensed, and individuals that are solidly on their journey to becoming a licensed child care business owner.  Additional program details coming soon.  This grant program is made possible through a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).

We are excited to launch this grant program in September!
The best way to prepare for this opportunity is to join our email list AND have a Business Health Assessment with a WBDC Advisor. Contact Sonique Solis to request a 1:1 assessment session at (203) 751-9550 x129 or childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org.

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WBDC Emergency Relief Grant

This grant program is designed to help licensed child care providers cover operating expenses to keep their business open through the pandemic.

WBDC, in partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Connecticut Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC), provided emergency relief grants between $6,500 and $50,000 to qualified OEC-licensed child care providers suffering severe revenue shortages as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grants were designed to help cover immediate business expenses for businesses most in jeopardy of closing in the next 60 days.

This program is NOW CLOSED, but stay tuned for a similar emergency grant program LAUNCHING THIS SEPTEMBER!
The best way to prepare for this opportunity is to join our email list AND have a Business Health Assessment with a WBDC Advisor. Contact Sonique Solis to request a 1:1 assessment session at (203) 751-9550 x129 or childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org.

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WBDC Expansion Grant

This grant program is designed to help licensed child care businesses grow their operations and create additional slots or revenue streams.

As part of WBDC’s Child Care Opportunity Fund grant-making program, we will be offering cash grants of up to $25,000 to support OEC-licensed child care providers with their expansion goals.  Grant funds will be awarded to eligible businesses that are looking to add a classroom to their existing location; grow from family home to group home, or group home to center; or open a new location. Additional program details coming soon.  This grant program is made possible through a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).

We are excited to launch this grant program in September!
The best way to prepare for this opportunity is to join our email list AND have a Business Health Assessment with a WBDC Advisor. Contact Sonique Solis to request a 1:1 assessment session at (203) 751-9550 x129 or childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org.

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Stimulus Funding

Learn about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides economic relief to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.  Funds can be used to cover working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation of health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments. We provide counseling to help you understand and apply for this program. As part of the EIDL Program, SBA is also offering Targeted EIDL Advance grants to businesses in low-income communities, and an additional Supplemental Targeted Advance grant to businesses in low-income communities with 10 or fewer employees.  Read more about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) EIDL program here.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during COVID-19 by covering payroll costs and other expenses.  This PPP loan may be forgivable if you spend at least 60% of the funds you receive on payroll.  The deadline to apply for this program closed in May, but now is the time to apply for PPP forgiveness if you haven’t already.  We offer 1:1 counseling and training to help you get your loan forgiven.  Read more about SBA’s PPP forgiveness here.

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Or call Eloisa Melendez at (203) 751-9550 option 4 to book your session.

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