deadline to apply is August 3, 2007!
The rise in the number of single parent and dual career families has made child care a critical issue for employers. This grant (and loan) program was created in 1991 to provide financial assistance through loans and grants to employers and child care businesses. The mission of this grant program is to increase the availability of quality, affordable, convenient child care for working families.
Applicants must be a licensed child care center in the state of Washington or have a copy of their application for a child care license. An applicant may also be a child care provider or employer working together to provide child care services for employees. Applicants may be for-profit or not-for-profit businesses; sectarian organizations are not eligible. Child care businesses may apply for funds to either start or expand child care services.
The grant funds can be used to purchase health and safety improvements or program equipment for child care facilities. This grant program requires the borrower to match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis with cash, goods or services and will also require full repayment of the grant if the child care facility ceases to provide child care within specified timeframes.
Applications are generally reviewed by the Advisory Committee four times per year (March, June, September and December).
Grant applications can be downloaded online.