Nevada Daycare and Child Care Grants


Majority of people who are in the child care business may have used their own savings or borrowed money from family and friends to start up their day care center. Most of the time, operating a child care center or day care service causes a strain in the finances. The truth is that there isn’t very much profit to be had from this industry. The plus side though is that the fullfillment and sense of purpose we get from teaching and nurturing children is priceless.

Not all of us are blessed with the patience and the very big heart needed to run a day care center. This is why the state and the federal government has undertaken measures to provide some form of assistance to those engaged in the day care and child care service.

Instead of applying for a bank loan, a better alternative would be to look for grants that are given by many organizations, both government and private. Getting one financial grant may not be enough to sustain the operation of a child care center but is possible to obtain multiple day care grants to cover the needed capital. The best source of grants for a child care center is the local Child and Family Service Office which can help a child care center access several grant programs.

Day Care center owners can also seek the help of local businesses to contribute funds toward the establishment and maintenance of the child care center.

Applying for a grant is not easy but it is not as difficult as others say it is. Most organizations that provide grants have ready application forms which are generally self-explanatory. The basic requirements for availing of a grant include a business license to operate a child care center and a federal tax identification number.

Most grant applications require a grant proposal, which is simply a request for a grant that outlines the reasons why the child care center should be entitled to it. The proposal must explain how the child care center can provide a positive impact on the community that it aims to serve. The proposal must also explain how the grant will be specifically used for.

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 in the State of Nevada can be made through In addition to this government agency of the state, funding sources could be obtained from the following sources:


    Nevada No Child Left Behind In January of 2001, President Bush signed into law the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The new version of this act is commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

    NCLB has four essential elements:

    1. Accountability for results
    2. Emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research
    3. Expanded parental options
    4. Expanded local control and flexibility

      Carson City Main

      700 E. Fifth Street
      Carson City, NV 89701

      Phone: (775) 687-9200

      Fax: (775) 687-9101

    Nevada’s Parent Involvement Policy

    Empowering parents to participate in their children’s education.

    The Nevada State Board of Education recognizes that parental involvement is the key to academic achievement. The term parent refers to any caregiver who assumes responsibility for nurturing and caring for children. Studies demonstrate that when parents are involved in their children’s education, the attitudes, behaviors, and achievement of students are positively enhanced.

  3. Private

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

    Dermody Properties Foundation
    The Dermody Properties Foundation was founded in 1988, funded by the profits generated by the hard work and dedication of all employees at DP Partners. With a focus on the arts, education, and the family, as well as a special emphasis on children and the elderly, this employee-managed Foundation has provided funds and volunteer support to over 200 worthy non-profit organizations and community causes. The company has offices in Reno, Nevada, Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Illinois, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

    5500 Equity Avenue

    Reno, NV 89502


    fx: 1-775-856-0831

    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: Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada.

    Contact Information:

    Leonette Foundation – Nevada
    The Leonette Foundation does not itself operate programs, but makes grants to private, non-profit organizations and public agencies to carry out projects that will benefit needy children and seniors in Northern Nevada- specifically the Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe areas.

    The Foundation will accept grant requests in the following categories:

    1. Aging, Centers & Services: Innovative approaches to improvement in the quality of life for senior citizens.
    2. Children & Youth Services: Enriching the health and well-being of emotionally, physically, economically, or intellectually deprived children who might not otherwise qualify for help from the public sector.

    Contact Information:

    The Leonette Foundation
    4747 Caughlin Parkway, Suite 2

    Reno, NV 89519

    Phone: (775) 828-1433
    Fax: (775) 828-1435


    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 their priority to strengthen organizations and programs that are located where their 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:

    Mutual of Omaha Foundation
    The Mutual of Omaha Foundation supports nonprofit programs and organizations in the Omaha/Council Bluffs community that directly impact families with significant needs, we are addressing some of the most critical issues facing families today – issues like youth violence, domestic abuse, illiteracy and homelessness.

    The Foundation’s funding priorities: Behavioral Health, Youth Violence, Domestic Abuse, Childhood Obesity, Early Childhood Education, Preparedness for Graduation, Literacy/Language, Financial Literacy, Food, Shelter.

    Application deadlines are November 15, February 15, May 15 and August 15.

    Mutual of Omaha Foundation

    Mutual of Omaha Plaza
    Omaha, NE 68175
    Phone: (866) 663-5665


    Terry Lee Wells Foundation – Nevada

    The Terry Lee Wells Foundation is dedicated to providing support to non-profit organizations that strive to improve the lives of the underprivileged in northern Nevada, with special emphasis on those which serve the needs of women and children.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing address:
    The Terry Lee Wells Foundation
    Post Office Box 70806

    Reno, Nevada 89570-0806
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