Mississippi Daycare and Child Care Grants


Looking for banks that will accept your loan requests is almost next to impossible nowadays. Therefore, if you are planning to start up your own business venture, you’d literally have to start from scratch. You can use all the life-savings you have and even borrow from your family and friends. Unfortunately, even with all of that, it would seem that it is still impossible to start and maintain your business. Are you facing this scenario now that you want to start your own child care center? Then rest assured that there are now ways and alternatives to solve this problem.

Requesting for grants from organizations can help you start up your business and maintain it until it becomes stable. Often times, a child care business becomes too unstable that the only reason why business owners maintain it is because of their passion to help their community. Fortunately, the Child and Family Service Office in your area have access to grant programs.

However, a single grant cannot get you out of the red immediately. That is why you should file multiple grant proposals to a lot of grant programs. Grant proposals are a way of “selling” your business to organizations in order for your grants to be approved. Therefore your proposal must explain the benefits of having your child care center and how it has a positive impact to your community.

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. (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/index.html)

    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, http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd.map.html

    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. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/

    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 http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/states

    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 http://www.sba.gov/localresources/index.html

    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 http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentType=GSA_OVERVIEW&contentId=10092&noc=T

    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 Mississippi that fund child care assistance programs. Many grants can be obtained through the Family Child Care and Development Grants. Applications can be made through http://www.governmentgrants.us.

    In addition, funding sources can be accessed through the following programs of the Mississippi Department of Human Services:

    Division of Child Support Enforcement
    The mission of the Division of Child Support Enforcement is to provide child support services to ensure that children receive financial and emotional support from both parents and empower families to become self-sufficient. The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) offers services to Mississippi’s children and families by securing financial and medical support.

    Every child deserves the love and support of both parents to develop into the most productive adult possible. DCSE operates 84 offices in 82 counties to ensure the availability of child support services to all eligible persons in the State of Mississippi.

    As a result of the child support enforcement services provided by DCSE, Mississippi’s public assistance rolls have decreased, which has reduced expenditures for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Enforcing financial support to children and families builds the capacity of families to become self-sufficient and less dependent upon TANF benefits.

    Child Support collections for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2009 totaled $286,696,080. 2009 collections increased 21.9 million over last year’s collections.

    Paternity establishment percentages equaled 89% of cases where children were born out of wedlock. 3,375 incarceration orders were obtained; 1,001 noncustodial parents paid $1,118,675 to be released from jail.

    Contact Information

    Mississippi Department of Human Services

    Division of Child Support Enforcement

    1-877-882-4916 | (601) 359-4861

    Division of Family & Children’s Services
    The mission of the social service system, including private non-profit providers, local government agencies, and state agencies is to: protect vulnerable children and adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation; support family preservation and community living; prevent family violence and disruption.

    Contact Information

    Mississippi Department of Human Services

    Division of Family & Children’s Services
    1-800-345-6347 | (601) 359-4999

  3. Private

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

    Brookshire Grocery Co.
    Brookshire Grocery Co. contributes to many nonprofit, non-political organizations. Normally, 800-plus charities receive donations each year. The company’s philanthropic efforts focus on feeding and otherwise caring for the needy, children’s issues and law enforcement. Brookshire Grocery Co.’s Community Connections activities include assisting Habitat for Humanity, the East Texas Food Bank, United Way Day of Caring, Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Coats for Kids, Relay for Life, Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons and other fundraisers, local homeless shelters, animal shelters and many more.

    Contact Information


    Brookshire Grocery Co. general offices, call (903) 534-3000.

    Brookshire Grocery Company
    P.O. Box 1411
    Tyler, Texas 75710-1411

    Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

    While all causes that improve a community’s quality of life are important, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi has selected education, health care and young people as its top priorities. Its current strategies to address these issues are initiatives in pre-kindergarten education, prevention of childhood obesity and place-based education. Communities served by the Foundation constitute 10 percent of the population and land of Mississippi. The service area covers eight counties: Coahoma, DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica.

    Contact Information


    Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
    315 Losher Street, Suite 100
    Hernando, MS 38632

    Phone: (662) 449-5002

    Fax: (662) 449-5006

    Foundation for the Mid South

    The Foundation for the Mid South is a regional development foundation that brings people together, strengthens communities, and multiplies resources. By working with people with a wide range of resources, skills, and talents, the Foundation for the Mid South strives to nurture families and children, improve schools, and build the economy for all people in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

    Contact Information


    Foundation for the Mid South
    134 East Amite Street
    Jackson, MS 39201
    601.355.8167 ph
    601.355.6499 fx

    Harrah’s Foundation
    The Harrah’s Foundation focuses its philanthropic efforts on three categories:

    Seniors – community-based programs that enhance the lives of seniors are our primary philanthropic initiative.

    Education – community-based programs that enhance educational opportunities and resources for students seeking higher education.

    Civic – broadly defined as local programs that are vital to the success of each of our communities. These include community-based and faith-based organizations dealing with children and families, adults, the environment, health care, the arts, etc. Requests must be submitted through Harrah’s Entertainment properties – the corporate office will not accept any requests for funding. You may mail your proposal directly to the property located nearest to your community. Geographic funding focus: AZ, CA, IL, IN, IO, LA, MS, MO, NC, NJ, NV, PA, TN.

    Contact Information

    MGM MIRAGE Charitable Giving Program
    The MGM MIRAGE Charitable Giving Program serves as the principal funding entity for the Company’s community and social investments. It is the mission of MGM MIRAGE to strengthen communities in which we operate. With the understanding that one company cannot meet the multitude of needs each community faces, it is our priority to strengthen organizations and programs that are located where our employees live, work and care for their families.

    MGM MIRAGE’s key community investment areas are: Childhood Development – (Birth to 18 years old) Community-based programs which focus on the overall development and well being of children. With emphasis placed on at-risk/low income youth and early childhood development; Community Development – Programs that focus on a specific community issue and contain deliverable outcomes within targeted populations.

    Priority is given to organizations that form collaborative partnerships and/or assist in strengthening existing community infrastructure;

    Diversity – Programs, which contain valid diversity components, will receive priority in funding. This includes efforts that encourage economic development as well as professional and personal growth of our employees and programs that enhance community resources;

    Education – (K-16) Efforts to strengthen public education, from kindergarten through higher education.

    Requests must benefit residents in communities which the Company operates – Nevada. Michigan, Mississippi.

    Contact Information


    Panola County Community Foundation
    The Panola County Community Foundation is unique in that funds can be distributed across a wide range of needs including areas such as education, healthcare, and early-intervention programs. As years pass and needs change, the foundation can still fulfill its mission to improve quality of life by continually identifying priority needs and by giving supporting funds.

    Contact Information


    Panola County Community Foundation
    P.O. Box 815
    Batesville, Mississippi 38606
    Contact: William Pride, President / 662-563-5464

    Phil Hardin Foundation

    The Phil Hardin Foundation grant-making focus include continued investment in Early Childhood Education, A focus on Community – Based Initiatives (Meridian and Lauderdale County), Emergent opportunities where the Phil Hardin Foundation can be proactive and flexible.

    Contact Information


    Phil Hardin Foundation
    1921 24th Avenue
    Meridian, MS 39301

    Tel: 601-483-4282

    Facsimile: 601-483-5665


    Visteon Corporation

    The Visteon Corporation supports the belief that a cohesive society is an essential foundation for business success, and that companies thrive with healthier, better-educated and more productive people. It believes that making corporate contributions is the best way to show employees and neighbors that we care about them, their families and their future.

    Visteon’s contributions are concentrated in two focus areas, youth and the environment. Visteon has funded programs around the world that improve the lives of children by providing food, shelter, healthcare, and mentoring activities.

    Funding has also been provided for environmental programs that preserve and protect the environment, including the establishment of parks and protection of wildlife.

    Contact Information


    General Inquiries
    Visteon Corporation

    One Village Center Drive
    Van Buren Township, Michigan 48111 U.S.

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