Child Care Partnership Grants

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. 

Child in child care facility

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. 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:            TBD, within the first few weeks of August.
Performance Period:                                         Aug.14, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Schedule for funding round 2

Notice of Funding Availability Release:                       Aug. 17, 2020
Question and Answer Sessions:                                   Aug. 25 & Sept. 1.
Applications Due 5 p.m.:                                                Sept. 11, 2020
Apparent successful applicants announced              TBD: Late September
Performance Period:                                                      Oct. 9, 2020 – June 30, 2020

Required documents

Optional Question and Answer Sessions

Round 1 Question and Answer Sessions

Round 2 Question and Answer Sessions

Application process


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