Georgia Daycare and Child Care Grants


Searching for some funds to start and maintain your child care business is difficult. Even more so now, since getting a bank loan is an extremely daunting task. A lot of people that venture in the child care business often times use their own money to start their business or borrow from their friends and relatives just to get by. In a lot of cases, running the business becomes too unstable financially; however, operators still try to make it work due to their love of children and their commitment to give the community a service to help the working parents care for their children.

Fortunately, instead of looking for a bank to loan from, a much better alternative would be to gain funding by looking for grants that are given by many government and private organizations. Of course, a single grant will not be enough to sustain the business operation of your child care center but it is possible to get more than one grant to cover all the expenses. The best place to look for grants would be the local Child and Family Service Office in your area. They help child care centers gain access to a lot of grant programs to help them. Child care operators such as yourself can also tap into local businesses to get funds to establish and maintain their child care center.

Looking and applying for a grant may be daunting but is really not as difficult as it may seem. Most of these organizations that give away grants provide ready-made application forms that are more than self-explanatory to use. Some of the grants provided are for child care centers that deal with specific groups of children but are generally not a requirement in getting grants. The basic prerequisites for getting a grant are business licenses to operate and federal tax identification numbers.

Typically, grant applications need a grant proposal which is a request for a grants that also outlines the reasons why your child care center should be given one. This proposal aims to “sell” your business to the board that approves the grant and you can do this by simply enumerating the purpose of your child care center and the target population that it will cater to. Your proposal must clearly explain how your child care center can become a positive aspect in the community that it plans to serve. The proposal must also explain how the grant money will be used in detail.

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 Georgia 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 Georgia Department of Human Services:

    Babies Can’t Wait Program
    Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is Georgia’s statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

    How to Contact the Program

    BCW has a statewide directory of information managed by Parent-to-Parent, Inc. of Georgia. The directory provides information about the BCW Program located nearest to the child and family. To access the directory, call 1-800-229-2038 or (770) 451-5484 in Atlanta. The State BCW Office number is (404) 657-2726 or toll free: 1-888-651-8224.

    Child Care Assistance
    Subsidized child care in Georgia is provided through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program to help low income families afford quality child care. The CAPS program is administered in all 159 Georgia counties through the county Department of Family and Children Services.

    Child Care Benefits
    1-800-869-1150 or 404-657-3434

    Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
    The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is the part of DHS that investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused and neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help troubled families.

    Georgia Department of Human Resources
    Division of Family & Children Services
    Constituent Services
    2 Peachtree Street, NW
    Suite 18-486
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303

  3. Private

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

    Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation
    The Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation currently makes grants in support of not-for-profit organizations where the trustees and members live and are involved in the community.

    The Foundation will consider requests for support from organizations that have developed successful, innovative and creative programs that address the following: Children and Families, especially those at risk; Education, at all levels; Interracial and multiethnic harmony and the fostering of multicultural understanding; Substance abuse prevention; Programs serving the homeless. Under special circumstances, organizations in parts of Georgia where the Chapman family has traditionally had interests may also be eligible to apply.

    Please note that all grant applications should be sent in electronically in PDF Format. They should be sent to and

    Fragile Kids Foundation
    For 20 years, the Fragile Kids Foundation has assisted over 400 children each year with grants of equipment, by sharing items for rehabilitation and referring families to partner organizations working to meet a variety of challenges for medically fragile children. The Foundation provides equipment to safely transport a medically fragile child without injuring them or their caregivers, as well as specialized equipment for daily care.

    Applications may be obtained online or requested by calling the Foundation at 770.951.6111

    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:

    Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust
    The F.L. Abreu Charitable Trust benefits others by providing grants to arts and cultural programs, education, health associations, human services and children and youth services in the metro Atlanta area only.

    Fuller E. Callaway Foundation – LaGrange, Georgia
    The Fuller E. Callaway Foundation focuses on grants to other 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organizations, such as American Cancer Society, for their assistance to cancer victims and to local school systems for specific projects for children with special educational needs.

    209 Broome St.,
    P.O. Box 790
    LaGrange, GA 302241

    Georgia Power Charitable Giving
    Georgia Power Charitable donations support the many diverse segments of our customers and our communities. Over 30 percent of our giving directly benefits women, children and minorities. Areas of funding interest include Health & Human Services, Education, Environment, Arts & Culture, Regional & Plant Initiatives.

    Georgia Power Company
    241 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE
    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Goizueta Foundation
    The Goizueta Foundation is currently focused on and will review organizational overviews in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Continuing Education for Adults, Pre-selected Youth and Family Homes, Youth and Family Development, Immigrant/Refugee Services, Services for People with Disabilities, Pre-selected Arts and Culture.

    Contact Information:
    4401 Northside Parkway, Suite 520, Atlanta, Georgia 30327

    Tel. 404.239.0390 | Fax. 404-239-0018

    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:


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    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.

    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

    Hayes Family Foundation
    The Hayes Family Foundation exists to promote intergenerational family unity by using venture philanthropy to enhance the effectiveness of worthy organizations within our communities. Areas of funding interest include: Women and families — including programs that promote independence and empowerment. Programs that promote independence and empowerment. Education — such as child mentoring and after school programs. Job Training — for those in need. Capacity Building. The Foundation concentrates its giving in the areas in which the Hayes family lives and works, including St. Johns & Duval Counties in Florida, Atlanta, GA, and Macon and Jackson Counties in North Carolina.

    917 South 1st Street, #601
    Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
    (904)246-4447 Fax (904)246-4480

    Hudson Family Foundation
    The Hudson Family Foundation is committed to making a positive and long lasting impact in the lives of children who have a genuine need for assistance with regard to a specific physical, emotional or financial circumstance.

    245 N Highland Ave. NE
    Suite 230-355
    Atlanta, GA 30307
    Phone: 404-584-0095
    Fax: 404-584-0090

    Stephanie Clarke
    Executive Director

    Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation
    The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation was created to support children in need, primarily in three target areas: children from low socio-economic backgrounds, mentally and physically challenged children, and children at-risk. The Foundation affords children the opportunity to realize their potential and dreams by working with organizations helping to create more stability in their lives, supporting advocacy for children, and supporting channels that allow children to have a voice.

    John S. and James L. Knight Foundations
    To heighten the impact of our grant making, Knight Foundation’s trustees have elected to focus on two signature programs, Journalism Initiatives and Community Partners, each with its own eligibility requirements. A third program, the National Venture Fund, nurtures innovation, leadership and experimentation for community investments that might benefit Knight communities. Areas of funding interest include Journalism, Education, Well-being of children and families, Housing and community development, Economic development, Civic engagement/positive human relations, Vitality of cultural life.

    Postal Address
    Send packages and correspondence to:
    John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    Wachovia Financial Center Building
    Suite 3300
    200 South Biscayne Blvd.
    Miami, FL 33131-2349

    Tel. (305) 908-2600

    Fax (305) 908-2698

    Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation
    The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation makes grants to specified public charities in metropolitan Atlanta to benefit the community’s disadvantaged citizens, especially children. In recent years, the Foundation has made substantial investments in improving the quality and accessibility of early childhood development programs in metropolitan Atlanta.

    The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation
    50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 1200
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303

    Tel: (404) 522-6755
    Fax: (404) 522-7026

    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. It supports 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.

    Alyson Bagby, President

    Catherine Wilson, Vice President

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

    (205) 423-0901

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