(WFXR) — In order to support the recovery of childcare providers — as well as their ability to respond to families’ changing needs — amid the pandemic, officials from Montgomery County and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg announced Tuesday the establishment of a new grant fund.
All three localities will administer the Childcare Providers Recovery Grant using funds provided by the CARES Act, according to a statement released by the localities on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
In order to be considered for funding, officials say applicants need to be existing licensed family day homes, licensed child day centers, religiously exempt child day centers, licensed family day systems, certified preschools, or licensed after-school programs. Furthermore, facilities are required to certify they provided or are willing to provide care for children in March through December 2020, as well as attest they are following COVID-19 guidelines.
Officials offer a number of eligible grant uses for childcare providers, such as payroll expenses, lease or mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies or services, equipment and inventory purchases, technology enhancement, and professional services.
However, expenses reimbursed by other federal or state funds, items not deemed “necessary,” or expenses incurred before the pandemic — more specifically, before March 15 — are not eligible grant uses, according to Tuesday’s statement.
Officials offered the following guidelines for grant applicants:
- The complete grant application outlining the use of funds is due by Nov. 1.
- Maximum funds available per award will be calculated by multiplying: [the number of months that the program has been running from April through October 2020] x [$100] x [half of the total licensed capacity].
- One application is allowed per childcare provider. However, if you are a childcare provider and prefer to apply through either the nonprofit or small business grant program instead, you may do so, but you may only pick one.
- Funds will be reviewed by a grant review committee and awarded at one time.
- Grant distribution is scheduled to begin in October or November, but the distribution timeline may vary depending on the demand, as well as the locality administering the grant.
The Childcare Providers Recovery Grant joins the Small Business Recovery Grant and the Nonprofit Recovery Grant as the third coronavirus-related grant opportunity presented by the three localities, officials say.
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