Are you almost a Connecticut licensed child care provider with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), or have you recently become licensed with OEC? Are you in need of funding to help cover some of your start-up operating costs? Then this WBDC Start-Up Grant may be right for you!
Donor Name: Women’s Business Development Council
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: up to $25,000
The Women’s Business Development Council is offering grants of up to $25,000 to qualified child care start-up businesses in Connecticut.
This grant program is designed to support aspiring, unlicensed, and newly licensed child care providers in need of financial assistance to cover start-up operating expenses. It is open to those in process of becoming a licensed and operating family home (DCFH), group home (DCGH), or child care center (DCCC), and those operating as a family home, group home, or center with enrolled children for less than 6 months.
They will be offering one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 for family home providers, up to $10,000 for group homes and up to $25,000 for centers to help individuals in financial need become licensed and operating child care providers with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).
- Be one of the following:
- Close to becoming licensed by OEC as a family home, group home, or center with location approved by CT Department of Public Health
- Operating as an CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) licensed family home, group, or center with enrolled children for less than 6 months (since April 2022)
- Be pursuing a license or recently licensed as a provider with OEC for the first time
- Have your initial OEC site inspection scheduled or completed
- Be in good standing with the CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Have a financial need for support with start-up costs
- Those that meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
- Additionally, the following businesses are NOT eligible:
- Prior recipients of a WBDC Start-up Grant.
- Municipally run child care programs, license-exempt programs, licensed youth camps, are not eligible for WBDC grants due to limited funding and alternate opportunities.
- If your business is outside the child care industry and based in Connecticut, WBDC has other grant programs. They encourage you to schedule an appointment with a WBDC Business Advisor or participate in one of their classes to learn more.
For more information, visit WBDC.