Child Care Provider Relief Grants

Counties and cities across Washington received federal CARES Act dollars. Pierce County and the City of Tacoma have dedicated some of these dollars to relief grants for child care providers. Approximately $1.2 million is available to assist child care providers with resources necessary to offer safe, high quality care.

WHO CAN APPLY

Any licensed provider in Pierce County, open or closed, serving children age 0-12 is eligible to apply. Grants are not available to school age ONLY programs. Providers that operate more than one location can submit a separate application for each site.

GRANT AMOUNTS

Grants will be awarded in the following amounts:

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A $500 bonus will be awarded to child care providers who have accepted the Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy in the past 12 months, and for providers who have accepted the homeless subsidy in the past 12 months. Providers may receive up to a $1,000 bonus if they have accepted both WCCC and the homeless subsidy in the past 12 months. The bonus will be in addition to the base grant amount listed above.

Timeline

Grant applications will be accepted between September 11, 2020 and September 20, 2020 at midnight. Final announcements will be made the week of September 21st.

Providers who are located in the City of Tacoma must spend and report grant dollars by October 25, 2020. Providers in Pierce County (not in Tacoma), must spend and report grant dollars by November 25, 2020. Grant expenses can be backdated to July 1, 2020. All receipts must be submitted.

HOW GRANTS APPLICATIONS WILL BE PRIORITIZED

Awards will be distributed based on providers zip codes. Providers whose business address is located in a child care desert will be prioritized. A list of zip codes in prioritized order is available in the FAQ document (English and Español). 

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

Providers must submit an application using the simple online application linked below. Basic information will be collected including your business name, address, and provider license ID number. In addition, providers will also be asked to submit a completed W9 and copy of your business license (DCYF Child Care license). Paper applications are also available for download and can be emailed to info@first5fundamentals.org.

WHAT DOCUMENTS OR RECEIPTS DO I NEED TO KEEP IF I RECEIVE A GRANT?

Because these awards are federal dollars, recipients must agree to report on how they spent the grant dollars and turn in copies of receipts for all expenses. A template will be provided for recording all expenditures.

Providers who are located in the City of Tacoma must spend grant dollars and submit records by October 25, 2020. Providers in Pierce County (not in Tacoma), must spend grant dollars and submit records by November 25, 2020. Grant expenses can be backdated to July 1, 2020.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

For additional information and explanations regarding grant specifics, please visit the FAQ page. 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT

The application is now closed. All applications must have been received by September 20, 2020 at midnight.

NEED HELP COMPLETING THE APPLICATION?

Contact your Child Care Resources Coach. If you do not have a Coach, please call Child Care Resources’ Provider Support Line at 1-800-446-1114. To download a fillable PDF version fo the application click here - English or Spanish