Connecticut Daycare and Child Care Grants


For newbies in child care centers who worry a lot about where to acquire funds for capital, it is indeed a great idea that daycare grants exists . With the occurrence of such, aspiring owners won’t have to experience the pressures of bank loans or the ordeal of asking much from relatives or friends to help them financially.

Grants are considered opportunities deservingly handed over to groups with their public service in mind. This creates a big break for potential day care owners. Centers built for child care generally presents an environment where love, patience and care resides, so much, to be a warm place to nurture each child. It can be expected that the nitty-gritty process of applying for financial aids through a grant will be willingly surpassed by an aspiring operator no matter how difficult it can get.

Parties interested must first come to an enlightenment of what daycare grants are and how they work. Grant money is typically applied for from local organizations, the federal government, or companies who advocate for early childhood education. Opportunities rewarded by grants are usually for nonprofit and profit organizations, schools and universities, and states. For most owners of child care centers, this is a great and a truly rewarding source of capital. Through one, enhancement of programs planned by the center can be successfully held. Money necessary to implement their plans will be provided by the grant and this may not need to be repaid.

To be rewarded a grant is like getting an experience of the notion that ‘the best things in life are free’. If the purpose of the daycare sweeps the approval of the organization providing grants, they would win indispensable purchases or pay for continuing education without any cent taken from their budget. The funding given will serve as endowment for specific areas, whether in literacy, safety, recreation, materials, training or as support especially for children with special needs.

No pain no gain. This is applicable only if having a grant endorsed is not truly rewarding, and if the efforts to create a proposal are considered a lot of suffering to deal with. Obtaining some grants can really be considered competitive and the best of grant proposals should be made. Other grants are given to recognize achievement, while others have the purpose of acquiring the minimum licensing requirements ordered by the state.

Therefore, to all interested in setting up child care centers who are getting problems financially, now can be time to apply for a grant. Definitely, there’s no harm in trying, especially if intentions are clear and the mission of the day care for service to the community is briefly outlined in their proposal.

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

    There are several state agencies in Connecticut that fund child care assistance programs. Many grants can be obtained through the Family Child Care and Development Grants. Applications can be made through In addition, funding sources can be accessed through the following programs of the Connecticut Department of Human Services:

    Children’s Trust Fund

    The Children’s Trust Fund was created in 1983 for the sole purpose of preventing child abuse and neglect. The Trust Fund was established within the executive branch of the state government, with Council members appointed by the legislative leadership and four state commissioners.

    In its more than 20 years, the Council has facilitated the Trust Fund’s efforts in a variety of ways: by supporting collaborative partnerships with state agencies and community-based groups, by increasing public awareness of the depth and magnitude of child abuse, and by raising funds to support the prevention programs that reach into every corner of our state.

    Contact Information

    410 Capitol Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Tel 860.418.8765


    Early Childhood Education
    The Connecticut State Board of Education is committed to ensuring that all of the state’s preschool-age children, including children with disabilities, are afforded an opportunity to participate in a high-quality preschool education. Such an experience fosters a child’s overall development, including literacy and readiness for the public school kindergarten curriculum.

    The Board’s focus on preschool education is a cornerstone of the state’s school reform efforts, with attention to high expectations and the assurance that preschool-age children will demonstrate performance and proficiency at each age and stage of development and will enter school ready to learn.

    Head Start

    Established in 1965, Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves children from birth to age 5 and their families. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, programs are child-focused and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. Connecticut Head Start programs are administered and operated by community action agencies, local education agencies and other nonprofit agencies.

  3. Private

    Private foundations that are based or operating in the State of Connecticut, 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:

    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:

    Anderson Family Charitable Foundation

    The Anderson Family Charitable Foundation was formed in 2009 by John and Tamara Anderson with the purpose of providing assistance to underserved elementary school-aged children in the public school system and their families. It is our belief that a quality public school education can be the catalyst to a bright and prosperous future for ALL children.

    Contact Information

    BJ’s Charitable Foundation

    BJ’s Charitable Foundation was established with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities BJ’s serves, the mission of BJ’s Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families.

    Since its first grant in 2005, BJ’s Charitable Foundation has allocated funds on a quarterly basis, giving more than $7.4 million to over 800 community organizations in the 15 states where BJ’s Clubs are located.

    Areas of support: Hunger, Self-sufficiency, Health, Education.

    BJ’s Wholesale Club has over 180 locations in 15 states: CT, DE, FL, GA, ME. MA. NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, VA.

    Contact Information

    Children’s Fund of Connecticut
    The Children’s Fund of Connecticut is a public charitable foundation dedicated to ensuring that children in Connecticut who are disadvantaged have access to and make use of a comprehensive, effective, community-based health and mental health care system. To carry out this mission, the Children’s Fund champions sustainable improvements in primary and preventive care practices through innovative grant making.

    Contact Information

    270 Farmington Avenue | Suite 367 | Farmington, CT 06032 | (860) 679-1519 office | (860) 679-1521 fax

    Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
    Grants from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain support organizations and programs benefiting the residents of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. We make grants across a broad range of fields, including: Arts, Culture and Heritage; Community and Economic Development; Early Childhood Development; Education; Health and Human Services.

    Contact Information

    The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

    74A Vine Street
    New Britain, CT 06052-1431

    Phone: 860.229.6018

    Fax: 860.225.2666

    Connecticut Community Foundation
    The Connecticut Community Foundation’s service area covers 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. The Connecticut Community Foundation offers: Program grants and equipment grants, Grants & services to strengthen your nonprofit, Early childhood education grants, Special funding opportunities, Grants through our partner funders, Scholarships.

    Contact Information

    The Connecticut Community Foundation
    43 Field Street
    Waterbury, CT 06702



    E-mail: – for grants and scholarships – for the Women’s Initiative Fund

    Elizabeth Carse Foundation
    The Elizabeth Carse Foundation was established in 1970 to promote education and child welfare in Connecticut. Special consideration is given to organizations that provide training to elementary and secondary school teachers in “assisting children to achieve better standards of living.” Consideration is also given to organizations that have a direct impact on improving the welfare of others or which provide a social service to the community.

    Contact Information

    Fairfield County Community Foundation
    As a community foundation, FCCF makes discretionary grants to nonprofits in the broad program areas of economic opportunity (including affordable housing, neighborhood development, and workforce development); children, youth and families; health and human services; the environment; arts and culture; and nonprofit organizational effectiveness. Geographical area: Fairfield County, Connecticut.

    Contact Information
    383 Main Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851-1543 Ph: 203.750.3200 Fx: 203.750.3232

    First County Bank Foundation
    The First County Bank Foundation mission is to distribute funds annually to local non-profit organizations who support community and economic development or children/youth/families. The funds granted by the Foundation are to benefit the residents of the Bank’s community which consists of Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Westport, and Norwalk.

    Contact Information

    By Phone: (203) 462-4400

    First County Bank
    Attn: InfoCenter/ Call Center
    117 Prospect Street
    Stamford, CT 06901
    By Email:

    Fund for Greater Hartford
    The Fund for Greater Hartford (formerly The Hartford Courant Foundation) seeks to make a sustainable impact on the vitality of Connecticut’s capital region by being a catalyst for hope, inspiration and creativity and by improving the lives of its people, especially its children.

    The Fund makes grants primarily in support of education, the arts, community development, health and social services, with an emphasis on programs benefiting children, youth and families.

    Grants in the area of the arts will be made only for outreach or education programs for children or families. The Fund for Greater Hartford serves Andover, Avon, Bloomfield, Bolton, Canton, Cromwell, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Marlborough, Middletown, New Britain, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks.

    Contact Information:

    543 Prospect Avenue, Hartford CT 06105
    Telephone: (860) 232-3113




    At Hallmark, community involvement begins with our hometowns. These include Kansas City, Mo., our corporate headquarters city, as well as locations where we operate production and distribution facilities: Liberty, Mo.; Lawrence, Leavenworth and Topeka, Kan.; Enfield, Conn.; Metamora, Ill.; Columbus, Ga.; and Center, Texas.

    Funding decisions are guided by a philanthropic vision based in the belief that people’s lives are enriched through caring connections, that gifts should demonstrate empathy and caring.

    Most of Hallmark’s civic initiatives occur in and around Kansas City, and many of our activities are behind the scenes. Grants are made to dozens of organizations serving children and families, arts and culture, education and urban neighborhoods.

    Contact Information:

    Call 1-800-HALLMARK (800-425-5627)

    Mailing Address: Hallmark Cards, Inc.

    P.O. Box 419034
    Mail Drop 216
    Kansas City, MO 64141-6580

    Physical Address: Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    2501 McGee Trafficway

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
    While the Foundation primarily responds to requests from nonprofit organizations, The Foundation also launches special initiatives, committing significant dollars and assistance to address especially important community needs.

    Currently, these initiatives focus on such areas as early childhood services, libraries, and marketing of arts organizations. In addition to grants for programs and capital projects, the Foundation also helps to nourish and strengthen nonprofit organizations with a wide range of services offered through our Nonprofit Support Program.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:
    Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
    10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor
    Hartford, CT 06106

    Phone: 860-548-1888

    Fax: 860-524-8346

    Horizon Foundation
    The Horizon Foundation will support programs and organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable and livable communities by: Protecting and conserving land and water resources, Educating children and adults about being good stewards of the environment, Promoting vibrant, child-oriented arts, Teaching respect for and preservation of historic assets, Enabling children and adults to lead their communities in thoughtful, creative, and healthy ways, Encouraging service to others.

    Geographic Area: Horizon Foundation will only consider grant proposals from non-profit organizations that support projects primarily in Cumberland, Franklin, Lincoln and York Counties in Maine; Barnstable County, Massachusetts; Mercer County, New Jersey; and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

    Contact Information:

    You can contact us at:
    One Monument Way
    2nd Floor
    Portland, ME 04101

    PHONE: (207) 773-5101

    FAX: (207) 773-5201

    Jessie B. Cox Trust

    The Jessie B. Cox Trust is dedicated to improving the environment and the quality of life for people living in New England. To achieve its goals, the Trust pursues initiatives in three key fields of interest: education, environment, and health. For education, there is a special interest in promoting early learning and quality out-of-school time. Within the field of environment, the Trust focuses on preservation of fresh and marine waters through natural habitat conservation. In the area of health, the Trust emphasizes improving access to health care. Geographical areas f interest is New England – ME, RI, MA, NH, VT, CT.

    Contact Information:

    For information regarding the grants process please contact the following staff:

    Kirstie David, Program Manager

    Phil Hall, Administrator

    Jessie B. Cox Trust
    c/o GMA Foundations
    77 Summer Street, 8th Floor

    Boston, MA 02110-1004

    General mailbox for information and receipt of concept applications:

    Leever Foundation

    The Leever Foundation’s mission is to support programs and organizations that will create opportunities for people, enhance healthcare and promote the arts primarily focused in the Greater Waterbury area.

    The Leever Foundation is administered by the Connecticut Community Foundation, a community foundation serving twenty one communities throughout Northwest Connecticut.

    The Foundation will consider requests for new funding as follows: Priority to requests in the following areas:

    Opportunities for people: Requests in this category should focus on increasing the long term ability of people to help themselves over immediate needs. Programs and services focused on early childhood are given priority;

    Arts: Priority is given to music programs over other art forms. Grants for arts education are limited to community based agencies working with schools or other agencies;

    Health: Requests addressing residents needs for greater access to healthcare receive the highest priority.

    Contact Information:

    c/o Connecticut Community Foundation

    43 Field Street

    Waterbury, CT 06702

    203-753-1315 ~ fax 203-756-3054

    Liberty Bank Foundation
    The Liberty Bank Foundation supports non-profit organizations that our neighbors depend on to raise healthy children and build strong families and communities. Their charitable giving is focused on organizations that serve people within Liberty Bank’s market area.

    The Liberty Bank Foundation supports organizations and programs that serve people within Liberty Bank’s market area, which consists of Middlesex and New London Counties, as well as the towns of Cheshire, Madison, Mansfield, Marlborough, North Haven, Wallingford, Wethersfield, and Windham. Areas of funding interest: Preventive programs for children and families, Basic human services for those most in need, Affordable housing, Building the capacity of non-profits to address community needs.

    Contact Information:

    Lily Palmer Fry Memorial Trust

    The Lily Palmer Fry Memorial Trust was established in 1954 to support and promote summer camp opportunities for underserved children. Special consideration is given to traditional camp programs that take urban children out of the city to experience the natural environment. T

    The deadline for application to the Lily Palmer Fry Memorial Trust is February 1. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by letter within 2 to 3 months after the proposal deadline. Geographical areas: New York City & Westchester County, New York; Fairfield & Hartford Counties, Connecticut.

    Contact Information:

    Olga Sipolin Children’s Fund

    The Olga Sipolin Children’s Fund was established in 1998 to provide for the basic needs of underserved children. Preference is given to charitable organizations that have a direct impact on the social welfare of children through the provision of housing, clothing, food, medical care, or education.

    Contact Information:

    Olivia’s Organics Charitable Foundation
    The Olivia’s Organics Charitable Foundation was established in early 2006 as a way to invest in the lives of children. The Foundation seeks to give direct-service grants to organizations that work with children by providing services that have an immediate and tangible impact on their well-being.

    Unsolicited grant applications to the Olivia’s Organics Charitable Foundation are not accepted. Please do not send a general grant application request form to the organization.

    If you would like to make the Foundation aware of the work that you do, please send a one page cover letter and three copies of your organization’s information brochure. Since its inceptions the Foundation has proudly partnered with dozens of children’s charities in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    Contact Information:

    Olivia’s Organics

    PO Box 6277 Chelsea, MA 02150


    Perrin Family Foundation
    The Perrin Family Foundation envisions mental and physical well-being for all children and young adults in Connecticut. Letter of Inquiry approval is required before application submission. Previous grantees can make a phone inquiry. Application deadlines: December 1, April 1, September 1.

    Contact Information:

    Swindells Charitable Foundation
    The Swindells Charitable Foundation was established in 1933 to support and promote quality health and human services programming for underserved children and adults.

    The Swindells Charitable Foundation also makes grants to public charitable hospitals. Preference is given to organizations that serve sick or economically disadvantaged children or older adults. Special consideration is given to organizations that provide for the “basic human needs” of individuals. The Swindells Charitable Foundation has biannual deadlines of February 1 and August 1.

    Contact Information:

    Tow Foundation
    The Tow Foundation envisions a society where all people have the opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life and have a voice in their community. We strive for this by supporting and influencing nonprofit organizations and the systems that affect them to help vulnerable populations and individuals to become positive contributors to society for the benefit of themselves and others.

    The foundation is currently committed to supporting programs and services in the state of Connecticut that are designed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families, and to advance public policy reform in the areas of juvenile justice, youth development, child welfare, and education.

    The Tow Foundation

    43 Danbury Road, 2nd floor
    Wilton, CT 06897-4400
    Phone 203.761.6604

    Fax 203.761.6605

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