UWMC established an Early Care and Education Innovation Fund to support innovative strategies which increase and/or maintain the number of licensed child care slots in the County. The Fund will provide one-time grants for sustainable solutions.
Initial funding for the program is set for $50,000.
Applicants must be licensed child care providers.
Letters of Intent (LOI) will be accepted between August 2020 and March 2021 or until funding is expended.
Classroom Expansion/Capital Grants:
Capital grants up to $20,000 are available to support building or expansion of high-quality child care or preschool facilities. Funds may be used for building purchases, construction, renovation or equipment purchases that allow for an increase in the number of licensed child care slots.
Emergency grants up to $5,000 are available to provide rapid solutions to emergencies that child care facilities may be experiencing that prevent them from remaining open, such as repairs, supplies or equipment replacement due to fire, flood, or facilities degradation.
Planning or research grants up to $5,000 would be considered to assess the feasibility of child care expansion. Research projects that determine infill strategies; or examine other solutions to address the child care crisis would be considered.
For eligibility requirements and more information view the full document.
If you have further questions regarding the Early Care and Education Innovation Fund
Mayra Perez Diaz
Community Impact Director, ECD Investments
United Way Monterey County