Ohio Daycare and Child Care Grants


Starting a business is not an easy task. It needs dedication and a lot of heart. This is specially true of a daycare. A successful daycare has to have proper financing. You can start a daycare with a shoestring budget, with personal loans from family and friends, and from the local bank. Every so often the initial funding may not be enough.

Besides a bank loan, a viable alternative are grants designed specifically for daycare businesses. These grants are from organizations or from the state and federal government which aim to help daycare operators. With the diversity of grant criteria, not all daycares may fit the requirements. However, it is also possible to have multiple grants.

Grant applications normally follow a process where you submit a proposal outlining your community’s needs for a daycare. This would be besides the documents you have to submit in support of the grant request. The important thing to remember about a grant proposal is that this is one way to present the daycare center as an invaluable part of the 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) provides 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 Ohio 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 Ohio Department of Human Services:

    Help Me Grow
    Help Me Grow (HMG) is Ohio’s birth to 3 system that provides state and federal funds to county Family and Children First Councils to be used in conjunction with state, local and other federal funds to implement and maintain a coordinated, community-based infrastructure that promotes trans-disciplinary, family-centered services for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers and their families.

    The Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention Services (BEIS) is the lead agency administering HMG program in Ohio. Locally, the 88 county FCFCs administer Help Me Grow.

    Child and Family Services Review
    The Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) is the Federal Government’s program for assessing the performance of State child welfare agencies in regard to achieving positive outcomes for children and families. It is authorized by the Social Security Amendments of 1994 requiring the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promulgate regulations for reviews of State child and family services programs under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act. The CFSR is implemented by the Children’s Bureau (CB) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within HHS.

  3. Private

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

    Althans Foundation
    The Althans Foundation supports established organizations in Cuyahoga County that serve the broad range of personal care, development and enrichment needs of at-risk children, birth to age 18. Within these broad categories, the Foundation places primary emphasis on 2 distinct areas: Literacy Promotion and Support Services for the Visually Impaired. The Althans Foundation will focus on organizations based in Cuyahoga County. However, applications from organizations outside of Cuyahoga County will be considered if a Trustee has pre-approved the application, and the applicant’s proposed program clearly furthers the Foundation’s mission. The application deadline is May 1st, except that in the case of capital or endowment requests, organizations must first submit a letter of inquiry by January 15th.

    Contact Information:

    Bruening Foundation
    The mission of the Bruening Foundation is to reduce the impact of poverty and enhance the quality of life of those most in need in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The Foundation gives priority to grant requests that address the educational, employment and basic human needs of those living in poverty, particularly vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and the physically/mentally impaired.

    Proposal deadlines: March 1, July 1, October 1.

    Contact Information:


    Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation
    1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 627
    Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1952

    Phone: (216) 621-2632

    Fax: (216) 621-8198

    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:

    Ginn Foundation
    The mission of the Ginn Foundation is to address education and community-based healthcare needs of low income individuals through the support of effective programs and services that bring about long-term solutions for individuals and the community, principally in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

    With respect to education, the Foundation will consider not only grants to academic institutions, but also to organizations that meet non-academic educational needs—for example, programs that address such issues as disease avoidance, child and family counseling, after-school training, arts, housing, and employment.

    Grant applications should be postmarked no later than March 15 or September 15, and they will be considered at early May and November Trustee meetings, respectively. You can expect to be interviewed in person or on the telephone by one of the four Trustees. You can also expect notification of the Trustees’ decision regarding your grant request shortly after the relevant bi-annual meeting.

    Contact Information:


    Graco Foundation
    The Graco Foundation’s goal is to help organizations grow their ability to serve community needs through grants specifically aimed at expanding or enhancing services to clients, with particular focus on capital projects and technology needs. Priority will be given to organizations that have a proven track record of enabling people to be self-sufficient and more productive. Emphasis will be placed on educational programs (including early childhood education), human service programs that promote workforce development, and youth development/sports programs.

    Organizations located in neighborhoods close to Graco Inc. facilities and employees’ homes are of special interest to the Foundation. In Minnesota, that emphasis centers on the Twin Cities area, and in particular north, northeast and south Minneapolis and the northern and northwestern suburbs.

    The Company also has operations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and North Canton, Ohio.

    Contact Information:

    Hershey Foundation
    The Hershey Foundation is dedicated to providing Northeast Ohio children from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds with special opportunities for personal growth and development. Support from the Foundation helps schools, museums, cultural institutions, and other non-profit organizations develop and implement innovative programs that make the future brighter for children by improving quality of life, building self esteem, enhancing learning, increasing exposure to other cultures and ideas, and encouraging the development of independent thinking and problem-solving skills.

    Contact Information:


    Ms. Debra Hershey Guren, President
    The Hershey Foundation
    10229 Prouty Road

    Concord Township, OH 44077

    Joyce Foundation
    The program areas are Education, Employment, Environment, Gun Violence, Money and Politics, and Culture. The foundation focuses its grant making on initiatives that promise to have an impact on the Great Lakes region, specifically the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

    Education grant making in K-12 focuses on Chicago, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee; early childhood grant making focuses on Illinois and Wisconsin. Culture grants are primarily focused on the Chicago metropolitan area, except for the Joyce Awards, which extend to other Midwest cities. We do not generally support capital proposals, endowment campaigns, religious activities, commercial ventures, direct service programs, or scholarships.

    Contact Information:


    The Joyce Foundation
    70 West Madison Street
    Suite 2750
    Chicago, Illinois 60602
    Phone: (312) 782-2464

    Fax: (312) 782-4160

    General Information: info@joycefdn.org

    Limited Brands Foundation
    Limited Brands Foundation supports programs that empower women, nurture and mentor children, and improve education. Geographical areas: Columbus, Ohio; Kettering, Ohio; New York City, New York; or Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

    Contact Information:


    The Columbus Foundation
    1234 East Broad Street
    Columbus, OH 43205-1453
    614/251-4000 tel

    614/251-4009 fax

    Mathile Family Foundation
    The Mathile Family Foundation is proud to provide financial support for nonprofit organizations and their programs that align with the Foundation’s mission: To create opportunities for children in need by focusing support to children and their families who have already exhibited the motivation to succeed.

    It fulfills its mission by supporting organizations that work to achieve positive outcomes among children in need within the areas of education and health. The Foundation gives highest priority to eligible organizations located in the Greater Dayton area. Organizations that fall outside this geographic scope are considered only under special circumstances.

    Contact Information:


    The Mathile Family Foundation can be contacted in several ways:

    Raymond John Wean Foundation
    The Raymond John Wean Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives in the community through grantmaking. Organizations receiving funding through the Foundation’s competitive grant process must be located and/or conducting activities in Mahoning and/or Trumbull Counties in Ohio. Through strategic grantmaking, the Foundation seeks to create various opportunities for people living in the Valley’s economically disadvantaged communities and neighborhoods.

    Areas of funding interest include Community Investments, Early Childhood Development and Neighborhood Success (Neighborhood SUCCESS Grants Program to provide support to resident driven projects that have the potential to improve the quality of life in Warren and Youngstown neighborhoods

    Contact Information:


    108 Main Ave., SW, Suite 1005
    Warren, OH 44481-1058
    Phone: 330.394.5600
    Fax: 330.394.5601
    General Email: info@rjweanfdn.org

    Stocker Foundation
    The Stocker Foundation is restricted by geography, eligible communities include: Lorain and Cuyahoga counties, Ohio; Pima County, Arizona; Bernalillo and Las Cruces counties, New Mexico, Oakland and San Francisco counties, California; and King County, Washington. The Foundation mission statement: Our mission statement: “Improving the lives of children, youth, and families – strengthening communities where trustees reside.” We seek creative ideas and projects – both new and existing – that are catalysts for constructive change and help strengthen communities, families, and educational programs.


    Mailing address: The Stocker Foundation

    401 Broadway Avenue, Suite C

    Lorain, Ohio 44052

    Phone: (440) 246-5719

    Fax: (440) 246-5720

    General email: contact@stockerfoundation.org

    Thomas H. White Foundation
    The Thomas H. White Foundation focuses its grant making in education and human services, specifically in supporting programs that address workforce readiness, school retention and early childhood enhancement in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The Foundation will focus its grantmaking in two major areas: Education and Human Services. Deadlines: December 1, April 1, August 1.


    The Thomas H. White Foundation
    Susan Althans, Consultant
    1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 627
    Cleveland, OH 44115-1952

    Phone: (216) 696-7273

    Fax: (216) 621-8198

    Direct Inquiries to:
    Susan Althans, Consultant

    Visteon Corporation

    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.


    General Inquiries
    Visteon Corporation
    One Village Center Drive
    Van Buren Township, Michigan 48111 U.S.

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