Grants for Licensed & Registered Child Care Programs

Child Care Stabilization Grant Opportunity has closed

The final application period closed on Friday, August 12, 2022, at 11:59 pm MDT. 

Funded providers must be in good standing with Montana Child Care Licensing to receive funding.

Licensed and Registered child care providers applied for funding to stabilize their child care business.  This includes support to maintain or resume offering child care services. Providers received grant funds up to 45% of their operating expenses. Funds can be used for operating expenses like personnel costs, rent and utilities, health and safety training, facility maintenance, equipment and more.

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

The Montana Child Care Stabilization Grant Quarterly Report is due on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. The reporting period is October 1 through December 31, 2022.

Please watch the following video for detailed instructions on completing the quarterly report.  


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

The final application period closed on Friday, August 12, 2022, at 11:59 pm MDT. Funded providers must be in good standing with Montana Child Care Licensing to receive funding.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

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)

Visit the ARPA Contact Center at arpa.mt.gov

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