Grants for Licensed & Registered Child Care Programs


Child Care Stabilization Grant Opportunity Application is Open

Licensed and Registered child care providers are eligible to apply for funding to stabilize their child care business.  This includes support to maintain or resume offering child care services. Funds can be used for operating expenses like personnel costs, rent and utilities, health and safety training, facility maintenance, equipment and more.

Providers could receive 80 - 100% of their operating expenses.

Allowable operating expenses include:

  • Personnel costs including benefits, premium pay, bonuses, and recruitment and retention
  • Rent or mortgage
  • Facility expenses including utilities, insurance, maintenance, and minor improvements
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) including cleaning and sanitation supplies and services
  • Training and professional development for staff on health and safety practices
  • Equipment and supplies in response to COVID-19
  • Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume services

Are You Eligible for the Montana One Time Child Care Stabilization Grant?

 Answer Yes or No to each of the questions: 

  1. Is your child care business licensed or registered by Montana Child Care Licensing?            
  2. Is your child care business in good standing with Montana Child Care Licensing?                
  3. Are you open and providing child care or temporarily closed due to public health, financial hardship, or other reasons relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency? 
  4. Is your business registered and current with the Montana Secretary of State?                                                                                                  

 If you said yes to all the questions, you are eligible!

 If you are not licensed or registered by Montana Child Care Licensing, contact your regional Child Care Resource and Referral Agency  

 Register or update your business with the Montana Secretary of State


For Center, Group, and Family Providers:

If you are eligible, make sure you are prepared!

DPHHS will be accepting Child Care Stabilization grant applications in early October! The checklist below will help guide you as you prepare to complete the application. You may need to contact your bookkeeper to answer questions on your business expenses.  

  • eMACS account (you will need an email account)
    • Use commodity code 5801
  • PV #
  • Registration with the Montana Secretary of State
  • Average enrollment by child’s age in January 2020
  • Current average enrollment by child’s age
  • Salary scale
  • Current and anticipated monthly allowable operating expenses for:
    • Personnel
    • Rent, mortgage, and facility maintenance
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and sanitation supplies and services
    • Health and safety training
    • Equipment and supplies to respond to COVID-19
    • Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume child care services
  • Money spent on operating expenses listed above between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021
  • COVID-19 relief funds your business has already received
  • Bank account and routing number.
    • You do not need your bank account information to apply, but it will be needed to complete your grant contract and receive payment.
  • W-9 
    • You do not need your W-9 to apply, but it may be requested to complete your grant contract.
    • How to complete a W-9
  • Consider opting in to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)


Registered Family, Friend, and Neighbor Provider information coming soon.


For questions, contact the ARPA Contact Center at 844-406-ARPA (2772)


The information in the sample applications are to be used as examples only.  Each child care program will have unique information.  Please use your unique information to complete your application.


Center Sample Application

Family Sample Application

Group Sample Application

October 07, 2021

Center, Group, and Family Care Provider Application is open!

Future Applications Dates:

  • January 4, 2022 - January 31, 2022
  • April 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • July 1, 2022 - July 30, 2022

Stabilization Grant Resources 

Montana's Stabilization Grant Town Hall Meeting Recording - October 7, 2021

Family Child Care Resources for Improving Business Practices - Tom Copeland

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance partnered with Tom Copeland to provide tips to make your family child care business a success.

Help is on the Way! Supporting Family Child Care to Prepare for Stabilization Grants - Tom Copeland

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance partnered with Tom Copeland to highlight tools to help apply for the stabilization grants, potential uses for the stabilization grant funds, and information about how to access the grant funds. The slides from the webinar can be viewed here.

Additional Resources

Step 1: Provider takes the Eligibility Quiz

Step 2: If the provider is eligible, apply to the grant

Step 3: DPHHS processes and reviews the application

Step 4: Provider receives a request for additional information, a notice of award, or a denial letter

Step 5: Provider receives funds quarterly

Step 6: Provider submits quarterly reports to DPHHS

Step 7: DPHHS monitors provider funds

Need More Information?

 ARPA Contact Center: 844-406-ARPA (2772)

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