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WBDC Offering Grants to Support Connecticut Child Care Providers

  • Women’s Business Development Council taking applications for grant program to support Connecticut child care providers
  • Grants of up to $25,000 available
  • Funding to support startups and expansions, address financial emergencies, help providers pursue long-term goals and better business practices

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

The Women’s Business Development Council is taking applications for a grant program designed to help Connecticut child care providers get started or expand.

The Child Care Business Opportunity Fund is offering grants of up to $25,000. The fund includes four separate programs designed to help child care providers to get started, expand, address financial emergencies, and pursue long-term goals or improve healthy business practices.

The program is open to applications and will accept them through Nov. 21. This is a competitive program and WBDC may not be able to fund all requests, but a second funding round is anticipated for February 2022.

  • Startup grants of up to $5,000 are available to assist aspiring or newly licensed child care providers with covering startup expenses
  • Expansion grants of up to $25,000 are available to licensed providers who have been in operation for at least two years and have enrolled children; the grant can be used to help the provider increase available slots or enhance enrollment in a new age group
  • Emergency grants of up to $25,000 are available to licensed providers who have been in operation for at least six months and have enrolled children; these funds can help address severe revenue shortages or provide assistance to help cover emergency projects and operating expenses
  • Starting on Friday, WBDC will begin offering incremental grants and incentives of up to $10,000 to licensed providers who engage in long-term business development and adopt healthy business practices 

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