Alabama Daycare and Child Care Grants


If you have plans of starting your own daycare center but do not necessarily have enough money or capital to start it with, then you should definitely consider of applying for grants that the US government provides. Grants are offered by Grant Makers, such as the federal government, individual States, corporations, foundations or trusts.

When it comes to daycare centers, there are existing grant offerings that are available online. Some of these are grants to start a daycare center for uncertified persons. These programs have the purpose of helping and supporting people who want to start up their own daycare centers, or for existing daycare facilities to make improvements in order to enhance quality service and meet licensing requirements, or to expand existing daycare centers.

Anyone who is intending to put up a daycare business can avail of these grants and all you have to do is fill up certain requirements and you can be assured of an approved application. More importantly, there are also grants available for parents, working mothers and communities. These daycare grants or child care subsidies are aimed at providing children with the best care possible while their parent or mother is away at work or trying to finish a degree.

In wanting to apply for a grant, you need to write application and make it good. You need to put all the important information about your plan and make it precise. You need to make them see that you are the right person for the grant that they offer.

Different Sources of Grants

  1. Federal

    Federal grants are funded by the different agencies of the federal government. Typically, grants from a federal agency are funneled down to the communities through state agencies.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture – It has two agencies with start-up/expansion funding programs:

    The Rural Housing Service (RHS) has facility funding available for non-profits or local governments that support child care facilities. (

    The Rural Business Cooperative Service has guaranteed loan programs for small business development available for profit child care programs. For eligibility or to apply for any of their programs, contact the state or local Rural Development Office,

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – The agency has funding programs that support child care services. The Child Care Bureau has several funding programs for child care facilities.

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – It supports child care facilities near or within public housing, EZ/EC’s, or low-income areas through facility construction using block grants, programs, and networks. To determine eligibility or to apply for any of their programs, contact the state HUD office at

    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – It provides small businesses financing options, technical assistance, and child care resource information. Check with your local SBA offices at

    U.S. General Services Administration – It has programs that allow the donation of surplus federal personal property to state and local public agencies and qualifying nonprofits, which include child care centers. Please contact

    There are other federal programs that support child care such as:

    The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provide child care vouchers to subsidize the cost of care for low-income families as well as funds for state child care quality improvement initiatives. Nearly half of all children receiving CCDF subsidies are between the ages of five and 12. States are required to utilize at least 4 percent of their CCDF funds on quality activities and may also use discretionary funds earmarked by Congress for school-age care quality improvements and/or resource and referral activities. States may choose to use these funds to support initiatives to improve the quality and availability of school-age care, such as training programs or capacity-building grants for afterschool providers.

    Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds, which provide financial support for low-income families, may also be used to support afterschool programs in ways consistent with one or more of the four purposes of the TANF program. States may either directly spend TANF funds on afterschool programs and initiatives, or states can transfer up to 30 percent of their federal TANF allocation to the CCDF. TANF funds transferred to CCDF are subject to all of the CCDF rules and requirements, and can be used to expand out-of-school time capacity-building and quality-enhancement efforts. Direct TANF spending can provide states with additional flexibility when it comes to afterschool care. For example, funds can support services for older youth and can support programs as well as individual subsidies for children.

    The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) is the only federal funding source that exclusively supports afterschool programs. The purpose of 21CCLC is to support community learning centers that provide students with a broad array of academic enrichment services, including tutoring, homework help, and community service, as well as music, arts, sports, and cultural activities. When the program first began in 1998, the U.S. Department of Education made competitive awards directly to school districts. However, following the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002, 21CCLC was converted into a state formula grant program. As a result, the Department of Education awards grants to State Education Agencies (SEAs), which then manage statewide competitions to grant funds to eligible organizations.

    Federal Food and Nutrition Programs may support snacks or meals for afterschool program participants. After school programs may be able to receive reimbursements from one of four different food and nutrition programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture: the National School Lunch Program: Afternoon Snacks, the Child and Adults Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the School Breakfast Program. Reimbursement from these programs can be used to free up funds already spent on meals and snacks to support other program components.

  2. State

    State agencies fund child care assistance under Family Child Care and Development Grants. Application for the child care grants and health grants can be made through In addition to this government agency of the state, funding sources could be obtained from the following sources:

    Child Care Services Division

    The Child Care Services Division is the state’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrator, responsible for the child care subsidy program and quality initiatives. In addition, the Division is also responsible for monitoring and licensing child care centers for compliance with minimum standards and monitoring and licensing day care/nighttime homes in Jefferson County.

    Alabama Head Start and Early Head Start

    Program Description

    The Alabama Head Start program (for children ages three to five) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with child care. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farmworker families.

    General Program Requirements

    In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Alabama, you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school and your household’s annual income before taxes must not exceed $10,830 if one person lives in the household; $14,570 if two people live in the household; $18,310 if three people live in the household; $22,050 if four people live in the household; $25,790 if five people live in the household; $29,530 if six people live in the household; $33,270 if seven people live in the household; $37,010 if eight people live in the household; and $40,750 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $3,740 for each additional person in the home.

    If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.

    You may also call 1-800-FED-INFO (or 1-800-333-4636). Calls are answered Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., eastern time.

    Child Care Subsidy

    The Office of Child Care Subsidy administers the subsidized child care program funded through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).The mission of the program is to provide Alabama’s low and moderate-income families with equal access to affordable and quality child care services as they participate in work, educational or training activities.

    Currently, the Department administers the program regionally through four (4) Child Care Management Agencies (CMA’s) in nine (9) regions.

    The Department of Human Resources administers eligibility services of the Child Care Subsidy Program contractually through regional Child Care Management Agencies (CMAs).

    These private and public non-profit agencies determine eligibility, provide resource and referral, administer the Department’s child care certificate program, authorize child care, register providers to accept child care subsidy payments and validate provider billing statements.

    If you desire to obtain information about the appropriate Child Care Management Agency, go to:

  3. Private

    Private foundations that are based or operating in the State of Alabama, as well as those operating nationwide, can also be tapped as source of funding for the establishment and operation of child care business, support for parents and families to avail of child care services, and the training of professionals in the field of child care. Some of these foundations are the following:

    Bank of America Foundation

    The Bank of America Foundation operates with one of the largest philanthropic budgets of any financial institution in the United States. In 2001 it contributed more than $85 million in cash to nonprofit organizations across the country. It concentrates funding on pre-K through grade 12 educations and supports programs in early childhood development, economic and financial education, and teacher development. Community revitalization is another focus for funding nonprofit organizations.

    Contact Information:

    Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

    The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Flint, Michigan. Through four programs, it makes grants in the United States and selected regions internationally. In 1997 the foundation and the U.S. Department of Education entered a multi-year partnership in support of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). The foundation helped support the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project.

    Contact Information:

    Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF)

    RBF is dedicated to promoting the well-being of all people in the transition to global interdependence. One of the goals of the fund’s Education Program is to promote universal, quality education and care for pre-K children by using a comprehensive approach to their development, including concerns for health, safety, and readiness to learn. Strategies include supporting development of public policies that promote universal access to early childhood programs, and advancing the professional development of early educators.

    Contact Information:

    Central Alabama Community Foundation

    The Central Alabama Community Foundation makes grants that will improve the quality of life in the Central Alabama region. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to nonprofits providing the following essential services in Montgomery, Lowndes, or Macon counties: Childcare/Education – encompassing pre-K and afterschool care and services to specialized populations; Food, Healthcare, Shelter, Family Wellness – including domestic violence, child abuse, crisis intervention, etc. In addition, a grant of up to $3,000 will be made available to area arts organizations.

    Contact Information:

    Our Address is:
    434 North McDonough St.

    Montgomery, AL 36104

    Or if you wish to call us:
    Phone: (334) 264-6223
    Fax: (334) 263-6225

    Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

    Areas of funding interest include Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services/Strengthening Families, Supportive Communities.

    Contact Information:



    A staff directory is available when you use the main number. Or check the Staff listings for direct phone numbers.





    Community Foundation of West Alabama

    The Community Foundation of West Alabama was organized in 1999. The purpose of the Foundation is to receive and expend funds for charitable uses for the benefit of the communities around the West Alabama area. Grants may be made for the following charitable purposes: Arts and Humanities, Children and Youth, Education, Elder Care, Environment, Health & Medicine, Recreation, Social Welfare.

    Contact Information:

    Community Foundation of West Alabama Contact Information:

    700 Energy Center Blvd.
    Suite 406
    Northport, Alabama

    Mailing Address:
    The Community Foundation of West Alabama
    P.O. Box 3033
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

    (205) 366-0698
    (205) 366-0813

    E-mail Address:

    Dekko Foundation

    Grantmaking is limited to projects that support the development of children ages birth through 18 years old. We consider grant proposals that further the Foundation’s mission for people in the communities where the founders did business.

    These communities are: Alabama – Limestone County; Indiana – DeKalb, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley Counties; Iowa – Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Rihggold and Union Counties.

    Contact Information:

    Joseph Bruno Charitable Foundation

    A healthy and educated community is the foundation’s current priority and strategic commitment. In addition to grant making, we continue to encourage a sustainable system of funding for these critical needs. Primary Focus Area: Education, Community Health and Services. Secondary Focus Areas: Basic services for at risk families and children, Family literacy and adult education, Community Improvement and Nonprofit Capacity Building, Culture and increasing accessibility to the arts, Philanthropy and Volunteerism.

    Contact Us

    Grant requests should be sent to:

    Jera G. Stribling
    Executive Director
    Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation
    P.O. Box 530727
    Birmingham, Alabama 35253-0727

    phone: (205) 879-0799

    fax: (205) 879-4899

    Malone Family Foundation

    The mission of The Malone Family Foundation is to promote positive changes in the lives of people, who in turn can build and enhance the communities in which they live. We support initiatives that improve the quality of education, the motivation and the self-esteem of students from pre-kindergarten through higher education. The Foundation has an especially strong interest in supporting innovative endeavors that lead to a better-educated population and a higher standard of living. Geographical areas: Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

    Contact Information:

    For information about The Malone Family Foundation, funding and grant applications, please contact us at the following address or phone:

    Alyson Bagby, President

    Catherine Wilson, Vice President

    The Malone Family Foundation
    P.O. Box 531085
    Birmingham, AL 35253

    (205) 423-0901

    Parker Griffith Family Foundation – Education – Northern Alabama

    The Parker Griffith Family Foundation is committed to supporting North Alabama parents, teachers and communities in their quest to instill a love of reading in all children. Since its inception in 2005, the Parker Griffith Family Foundation has awarded over $100,000.00 to area teachers and classrooms and is committed to serving as a consistent resource for those on the front lines of elementary education in North Alabama.


    Parker Griffith Family Foundation
    PO Box 2754
    Huntsville, AL 35804

    Walker Area Community Foundation

    The Foundation makes every effort to assess the needs of the community and to prioritize those needs. Once the Walker Area Community Foundation receives an application, it will be reviewed initially to see that all required materials are included with the application. Grants may be made for the following charitable purposes: Arts and Humanities, Children and Youth, Education, Elder Care, Environment, Health & Medicine, Recreation, Social Welfare.