Child Care Relief Fund

from the Michigan Department of Education
Opens: April 29th

Opened: April 29

Deadline: TBD

Award Amount: A base allowance plus bonuses ranging from $3,200 to $11,050 per month. Licensed exempt providers are eligible for a one-time payment of $550.

Eligibility: All provider types are eligible including Head Start and GSRP programs that provide tuition-based child care and licensed exempt providers.

Purpose: To help child care providers in Michigan cover costs during the COVID-19 state of emergency. 

Difficulty
3/5

Overview

The Child Care Relief Fund is a noncompetitive grant program that helps child care providers in Michigan cover costs during the COVID-19 state of emergency. 

Grants do not have to be repaid and are available for the months of April, May, and June. Funds are very flexible and can be used to support a range of expenses, including, but not limited to, payroll, mortgages and rent, utilities, insurance, and supplies.  Grant amounts for licensed programs can include a base allowance plus bonuses ranging from $3,200 to $11,050 per month. Licensed exempt providers are eligible for a one-time payment of $550.

All provider types are eligible including Head Start and GSRP programs that provide tuition-based child care and licensed exempt providers.  Providers will be required to guarantee affordability and access for families by:

  • Not denying children access to care because their parents or caregivers work in the health care field.
  • Lowering weekly rates for the families served by at least 10%. •
  • Not charging families a fee to hold their child’s spot while the program receives grant funding.

To apply, using a simple application, visit www.Michigan.gov/childcare. Applications open on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The estimated turn-around time from application to payment is 2-3 weeks. To make sure your application is processed quickly, apply early and be prepared to submit:

  • Your license number
  • Provider ID used for subsidy billing
  • SIGMA vendor code, if applicable

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