Child Care Business Emergency Facilities Grant Program
The Women’s Business Development Council is offering grants of up to $25,000 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 $25,000 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, savings, or remaining OEC Stabilization Funding (if awarded).
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. This grant will not fund elective business facilities upgrades or general operating expenses – if you are looking for financial support with this, we encourage you to apply for our Business Incentive Program instead.
Make sure to read the Eligibility section below before beginning the process to apply. We also encourage you to watch the recorded Information Session.
Grants are made possible through a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).
Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis – there is no deadline to apply!
This is a competitive process and the WBDC will not be able to fund all strong applicants.
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
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- Be in business as an OEC-licensed family home, group, or center with enrolled children for at least 6 months as of March 1, 2022
- Meet one of the following enrollment criteria:
- Have a minimum of 60% of licensed capacity enrolled as of March 1, 2022, including school age children OR
- Current enrollment is 40%-59% of licensed capacity AND enrollment in Jan 2020 was 60% or higher of licensed capacity OR
- Current enrollment at 60% of adjusted licensed capacity based on business model (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) OR
- Current enrollment down to 40%-59% with classroom closing or staff layoff due to OEC, Health Department, or Fire Department finding
- Profitable in 2019, 2020, or 2021, or broke even as a non-profit in one of these years
- 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
- Have an urgent financial need, and unable to cover emergency facilities expenses from income, savings, or remaining OEC Stabilization Funding (if awarded)
Those that meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
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 Grant, Expansion Grant, or Equity Match Grant since March 2021.
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.
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
*** Note: Operating expenses are not funded under this grant. ***
If you are interested in future opportunities for operating funds, please fill out this form [link coming soon].
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:
a) 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.
b) Full-time for family child care homes means that your program operates 30 hours or more per week.
c) 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.
d) Part-time for family child care homes means that your program is open less than 30 hours per week.
These definitions are consistent with those from OEC Stabilization Funding.
We encourage all interested applicants to attend an information session to understand what is required for the application and to help prepare your application in advance.
The session will cover eligibility requirements, what the grant can be used for, the application process and timeline. Additionally, we will share the application questions and the required supporting documentation.
Watch the recording in English – Click here
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Not the right grant for you? Use the button on the right to see our other Child Care Business Grant programs.
Prepare Your Application
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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.
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 2022 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
*Please note* If you received OEC Stabilization Funds, this WBDC grant cannot be used to cover the same expenses you are utilizing Stabilization Funds for. 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.
WBDC Business Advisors are available to help answer your questions after you have attended a live or on-demand information session. Please contact us at email@example.com or (203) 353-1750 x113 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available normal business hours, weekday evenings, and Saturday mornings.
*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.
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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.
Please use the links below to obtain your Letter of Good Standing for your business from CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS).
For Sole Proprietorships, Single-Member LLCs without a Tax ID #, please obtain a letter at:
– Taxpayer Service Center (TSC) – Welcome Individual (ct.gov)
For business owners with a Business Tax ID #:
– Request your letter from the CT DRS myconneCT online center: 𝗺𝘆𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗖𝗧
– Here is a tutorial to request: Requesting a Status Letter (of Good Standing)
– If you run into challenges navigating myconneCT, call DRS at 877-729-6691.
If requested via myconneCT or the TSC, and you are in good standing, a letter will be displayed for print out. Click here for an example of what your Letter of Good Standing should look like.
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