Maryland Daycare and Child Care Grants


If you are working on a daycare center facility or if you are planning to put up your own daycare center, you should be aware of the different grants that your government and many private organizations offer. To give you an idea on what grant to apply for, here is a brief description of the different types of daycare grants.

General Purpose of Operating Support Grants – This type of grants provides funding for your general expenses such as your essential bills and programs. Usually, the organization or institution that provides this funding opportunity does not require any liquidation since they hope that you will spend the money in a good cause.

Planning Grants – You will be required to pass a proposal letter in order to avail this grant. Therefore, it is very important for you to plan the details of your daycare center first. You must include information regarding the costs, the problems that may arise and the probable solutions that you can do. You may consult experts in the planning of your center.

Management or Technical Support Grants – In this grant opportunity, the management hires a marketing consultant and pays him to assist the new daycare center business. This grant is especially made for assisting the owner in the management of the business as well as marketing campaigns and fund raising activities.

Facilities and Equipment Grants – In this grant type, the investors will help the daycare center owner in purchasing long lasting equipments and facilities for the children to use. They invest their money in buying facilities for the center, providing funds for building, computers and transportation. In this type of grant, the investors are not necessarily interested in the financial goal of the business as well as the future plans of the business.

These are just some of the types of grants that you can apply to for your childcare center. Other types of grants include Program or Project Support Grants, Long term support grants, endowment grants, investment money or initial grants and matching grants.

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:

    Maryland Committee for Children
    Maryland Committee for Children works with parents, child care providers, advocates, employers, and policymakers to expand and enhance the early childhood education and child care available to Maryland’s children. Many services developed by MCC are now provided by the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, a statewide network of local child care resource centers (CCRCs). Child care services listed throughout the MCC website will refer you to your local CCRC.

    Office of Child Care

    The Office of Child Care (OCC) is responsible for licensing and monitoring all child care centers and family child care providers in Maryland. The Office of Child Care (OCC) also administers Maryland’s subsidized child care program for working families and administers the state’s Child Care Credentialing System.

    Maryland Head Start

    The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promotes 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 participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Programs may be part-day, full-day, center-based, home-based, or a combination.

    General Program Requirements

    In order to qualify, you must be a resident of the State of Maryland, 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 the federal poverty level of $10,830 if one person lives in the household; $14,570 for two people; $18,310 for three; $22,050 for four; $25,790 for five; $29,530 for six; $33,270 for seven; $37,010 for eight; and for larger households add $3,740 for each additional person in the home.

    Application Process

    For enrollment information, contact the program nearest you:

    Program Contact Information

    For more information, visit:

    You may also contact the Maryland State Department of Education by calling:

  3. Private

    Private foundations that are based or operating in the State of Maryland, 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Aaron Straus and Lillie Straus Foundation

    Aaron and Lillie Straus’ clearly focused philanthropic vision, to give children protection, education, and opportunity, continues today in a contemporary context. With the Foundation’s long term support of critical policies and programs, fragile families and children are increasingly connected to the avenues of hope and advantage which can lead to better futures. The Foundation continues to focus its work almost exclusively on the Baltimore metropolitan region.

    Contact Information:

    2 East Read Street, Suite 100
    Baltimore, Maryland 21202
    Phone 410-539-8308
    Fax 410-837-7711

    Baltimore Community Foundation

    Letters of inquiry concerning grants from the Baltimore Community Foundation to support projects in arts and culture, children and families, and community development. Preference will be given to proposals that promote a public-sector tourism campaign, increase Baltimore’s cultural profile, support community involvement in the arts, explore new revenue options for regional cultural activities, support disadvantaged neighborhoods, develop young people as leaders, promote public education and scholarships, and improve the health and welfare of children and families.

    Who may apply: organizations in the Baltimore area that are classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or fiscally sponsored by such groups.

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    John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation

    The John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation awards grants only to organizations headquartered in and providing services for residents of Washington, DC and the Maryland & Virginia suburbs. The Foundation does not award grants to organizations that are headquartered in other parts of the country, even if they serve these preferred communities.

    The Foundation is particularly interested in funding organizations that are addressing the following issues: Homelessness, Hunger, At-risk children and youth (pre-school through high school), Adult literacy, Free medical care (prenatal to seniors), Seniors aging in place, Job training and placement.

    The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, national health organizations, government agencies or public school districts. It does not fund medical research or the arts, except for intensive arts-in-education programs that directly benefit at-risk children and youth.

    Contact Information:

    John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation
    4340 East-West Highway, Suite 206 — Bethesda, MD 20814 — Tel (301) 654-2700

    Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin is committed to a program of philanthropy that supports the Corporation’s strategic business goals and invests in the quality of life in the communities where our employees work and live.

    Lockheed Martin’s primary areas of funding are: K-16 math, science and engineering educational initiatives; Civic, cultural, environmental, and health & human services programs that strengthen our communities; Causes of importance to our customers, including the U.S. military and other government agencies.

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    Prince George’s Community Foundation

    Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $2 million in grants to local community-based organizations. These are “safety-net” organizations that help to protect, educate, and nurture our children, our families, and our special needs populations by offering essential community programs.

    Contact Us

    The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
    8181 Professional Place | Landover, MD 20785 | Phone: (301) 464-6706

    Rauch Foundation

    The Rauch Foundation is a Long Island-based family foundation that supports innovative and effective programs designed to: Give disadvantaged children a better start in life; Improve the natural environment in Maryland and on Long Island; Build management skills and foster leadership in the nonprofit and civic sectors. Areas of funding interest include Children and Families, Environment (Long Island and Maryland) and Leadership.

    Contact Information:
    Rauch Foundation, 229 Seventh Street, Suite 306, Garden City, New-York, 11530-5766

    Wright Family Foundation

    The Wright Family Foundation is committed to diverse educational initiatives that provide intervention, support, and enrichment programs for at-risk children to realize their full potential. Applicant must be providing support and services to at-risk youth in Baltimore, Maryland or Austin, Texas.

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