Montana Daycare and Child Care Grants


For those who are fond taking care of kids, establishing day care center can easily be their vehicle to financial success. Of course, patience with children, as well as the basic details of how it can be started comes along with the notion. The preliminary and key inquiries take place on where to source out funds to be utilized as a capital, particularly now when applying to banks for loans had been made even more complicated. This might be daunting in the beginning, but now, there are organizations which dole out free funding.

Rather than dealing with benefits prepared by loans from banks, grants have provided day care center managers with a better option. The request can be given by a government or private organization that offers grants. Some offers are for multiple grants; this is useful when a single grant is not enough for all the requirements. The greatest source of funding for a day care business is the office of local Child and Family Service. As a lot of grants are prepared to support a precise venture, organizations offering these may entail some type of reporting and proposal. Essential necessities would comprise of a business permit to manage a day care center and a tax identification number. Acquiring this would make it much simpler knowing that many associations presenting funding have existing request forms that are usually easy to follow.

Economic unsteadiness may arrive as with any businesses launched; maintenance requires a lot of persistent attempts. Every fragment of a day care service might begin on unstable grounds; however, it is the owners that yearn to be of service to the working parents within the community, and to care for kids can absolutely keep them going even if the times are rough.

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:

    Montana Child Care Resource Directory

    Child Care Subsidy Program

    Montana provides child care payment subsidies for low-income working families and families who are making a transition from welfare to work.

    When Child Care Assistance is Available

    The program helps to pay for care when parents are not available to care for their children:

    • During working hours.
    • For teen parents attending high school.
    • During school or training hours, if meeting work requirements.
    • For parents on welfare who are conducting job search activities.

    Eligibility Information

    • The parent may be a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participant. TANF participants must contact their Child Care Resource and Referral agency to receive child care benefits.
    • Single parents working at least 60 hours per month.
    • Single parents attending school full time and working 40 hours per month.
    • Two parent families must work a total of 120 hours per month between both parents.
    • Income eligibility is determined by totaling all income sources, with some exceptions.

    Income Eligibility for Non-TANF Families

    Family Size Maximum Monthly Gross Income
    Effective August 1, 2005
    2 $1,604
    3 $2,011
    4 $2,419
    5 $2,826
    6 $3,234
    7 $3,641
    8 or more: $4,049

    To apply for program assistance refer to the Child Care and Resources Agency:

    Montana Child and Adult Care Food Program

    Participating Day Care Providers Receive:

    • Meal reimbursement;
    • Nutrition training;
    • Child care and administrative training.

    Day Care Providers may include:

    • Homes, Centers, Head Starts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Homeless Shelters, Adult Day Care Centers and other Day Care settings.

    All Providers are encouraged to:

    • Offer a wide variety of nutritious food,
      for optimum growth and development;
    • Serve low fat foods and meats,

      to reduce fat, saturated fat and cholesterol intake;
    • Serve iron-fortified formula, milk with meals and low-fat milk to appropriate age groups,
      providing calcium for development, growth and strong bones;
    • Serve foods with 1 good source of vitamin A every other day,

      for healthy eyesight, skin, hair, and brain development;
    • Serve foods with 1 good source of vitamin C every day,
      as an antioxidant, aiding the body’s absorption of Iron;
    • Serve foods with 4 to 6 sources of Iron daily,
      carries oxygen through the body, maintaining energy levels and growth of cells.

    Department of Public Health and Human Services Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

    PO Box 202952 Helena, MT 59620-2952
    Phone: (406) 444-4347 Toll free (888) 307-9333

    MCCR&R Network

    Provides statewide leadership in shaping collaborations and strengthening local resource and referral agencies for the purpose of collectively building a diverse, high quality early care and education system accessible to all Montana families.

    Network Office:
    903 N. Benton Ave
    Helena, MT 59601
    Phone: (406) 443-4551

    Toll Free: 1-866-946-6776

    Fax:(406) 443-4560

    Montana School for the Deaf & Blind

    The Montana School for the Deaf & Blind provides comprehensive educational opportunities for Montana’s deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired children, giving them their best chance for independence and success.

    Children and youth from preschool through high school can attend MSDB as residential or day students on the Great Falls campus, where specialized instruction is combined with opportunities to attend classes in the public schools.

    Montana School for the Deaf and Blind
    3911 Central Avenue
    Great Falls, MT 59405

    Phone 406-771-6000

    Toll Free 800-882-6732

    Fax 406-771-6164
    TDD 406-771-6063/6122

  3. Private

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

    Albertsons Community Investment

    Albertsons Community Investment gives grants to nonprofit and school programs that meet the following focus areas: Hunger Relief, Health, Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles. Geographical focus areas: Idaho, Montana, Southern Nevada, Southern California, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico or Texas.

    Contact Information:

    Martin Family Foundation

    The Martin Family Foundation believes that strong communities are a reflection of strong families. They are dedicated to supporting programs that build family values and create assets for communities. We intend to concentrate our resources in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, within areas that impact Children, Religion, Education and Health and Human Services.

    Contact Information:

    Please contact the Executive Director if you have any additional questions.

    Cindy Martin Beers – Executive Director & Director
    Martin Family Foundation


    406-656-8436 (fax)

    Montana Community Foundation

    The Montana Community Foundation is committed to improving the lives of Montanans by helping individuals and families by supporting Montana nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has discretionary control over a small number of funds for which the organization maintains competitive grantmaking opportunities for community leaders – They include the Women’s Foundation of Montana, scholarships and grant-specific programs, such as the Building Rural Communities Program.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:
    PO Box 1145
    Helena, MT 59624-1145

    Physical Address:
    1 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1
    Helena, MT 59601

    Phone: (406) 443-8313

    Fax: (406) 442-0482

    Women’s Foundation of Montana

    The Women’s Foundation of Montana makes grants that benefit women and girls as well as our communities overall. As the only statewide fund dedicated to funding for women and girls, donations are leveraged through our endowment. Their grant-making is focused on lasting change for women and girls.

    Contact Information:

    Women’s Foundation

    of Montana

    PO Box 1145

    Helena, MT 59624

    phone 406-443-8313

    fax 406-442-0482

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