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Child Care Business Emergency Facilities Grant Program

Child Care Business Emergency Facilities Grant Program

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

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

Click on the tabs for more information. Items in blue are clickable links.

Info 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

Part 1: Overview Session

Thursday, Oct 65:30pm-6:30pm-English 

jueves, 6 de octubre7:00pm-8:00pm- Spanish

Friday, Oct 71:30pm-2:30pm- English/Spanish

Wednesday, Oct 12- 1:30pm-2:30pm- English/Spanish

Part 2: Application Process

Saturday, Oct 8- 8:30am-9:30am- English/ Spanish

Friday, Oct 14- 10:00am-11:00am- English/ Spanish

Saturday, Oct 15- 8:30-9:30am- Spanish

 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 choose to 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

Eligibility

  • 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:
    1. Have a minimum of 60% of licensed capacity enrolled as of March 1, 2022, including school age children OR
    2. Current enrollment is 40%-59% of licensed capacity AND enrollment in Jan 2020 was 60% or higher of licensed capacity OR
    3. 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
    4. 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, 2021, or 2022 year-to-date; 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, Emergency Facilities Grant, Expansion Grant, or Equity Match Grant in the last 6 months.

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.

Use of Funds

    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. ***

    Priority Applicants

    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

    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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    Pre-Application

    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.

    Click here to complete your eCenter profile

    Application Questions

     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

    Tips for Success

    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.

    Meet an Advisor

    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.

    Request an appointment at:
    https://ctwbdc.wufoo.com/forms/book-an-appointment-child-care-business-support/

    *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

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    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 Financial Template (English/Spanish):
    Download in Excel / Save a copy in Google Sheets

    How to Obtain a Status Letter

    You can obtain your Letter of Good Standing from the CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS) by visiting: https://drsindtax.ct.gov/AUT/welcomeindividual.aspx

    You 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. 

    Grants are made possible through a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).