Child Care Partnership Grants

Child in child care facility

The Washington State Department of Commerce is soliciting applications to support local partnerships to develop action plans that stabilize and expand child care capacity in communities. The following organizations are eligible to apply on behalf of a collaborative group: Washington nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribes, and local government entities, including school and educational service districts. Applicants and populations served must be located in the state of Washington.

We anticipate awards of up to $100,000. This is the first of two application rounds and all projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Minimum requirements

To be considered for grant funding, projects must:

    • Focus on expanding capacity of and access to child care
    • Involve collaborative effort of community partners. The application must include (as an attachment) one or more letters of support signed by project partners indicating commitment to collaborate.
    • Respond to local community needs

Funding priorities

Grant funds will prioritize projects that expand capacity of and access to child care programs that serve:

  • Underserved areas (where access is very limited)
  • Historically marginalized communities and families

Schedule for funding round 1

Notice of Funding Availability Release:                      June 15, 2020
Questions and Answer Sessions:                              June 23 & July 1, 2020
Applications Due 5 p.m.:                                            July 13, 2020
Apparent Successful Applicants Announced:            July 24, 2020
Performance Period:                                         Aug.14, 2020 – June 30 2021

Anticipated schedule for funding round 2

Notice of Funding Availability Release:                      Aug. 17, 2020
Applications Due 5 p.m.:                                            Sept. 11, 2020
Performance Period:                                          Oct. 9, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Required documents

Two Optional Question and Answer Sessions

  • Two optional virtual Q&A sessions will be held on June 23, 2020 and July 1, 2020.

June 23, 2020 slides Question and Answer session

Recording of June 23, 2020 Question and Answer Session 

To participate on Wednesday, July 1 at noon, please click this link to Join Zoom Meeting

Or join by telephone: +1 (253) 215-8782

Password: 963809

Meeting ID: 937 8732 2406

Application process

  • Review this notice
  • Assess eligibility
  • Identify partners
  • Attend optional Q&A session
  • Draft grant application
  • Secure letters of support
  • Submit application via email by 5 p.m. PDT July 13 (or 5 p.m. PDT Sept. 11 for 2nd funding round)

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