The Early Learning Facilities program supports Washington’s commitment of developing additional high quality early learning opportunities for children from low-income households. The program aims to help Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) contractors and Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy providers to expand, remodel, purchase, or construct early learning facilities and classrooms.
Commerce’s Early Learning Facilities Grant program consists of four parts:
• Direct appropriations from the legislature
• A grant and loan program operated by a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
• A competitive grant program for eligible organizations
• A K-12 school program
Funding Availability Information
K-12 School Districts
The 2021-23 ELF Grant program for K-12 school districts opens June 1, 2020 and closes August 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM. To learn more about this funding opportunity, please review the 2021-23 K-12 school district program guidelines.
To apply for funding, please click here to access the application via ZoomGrants. If you have a ZoomGrants account, log in and follow the instructions. If you are a new user, complete the required information for a new ZoomGrants account to create a profile. Once your profile has been created, select ‘2021-2023 Early Learning Facilities (ELF) Program: K-12 School Districts’ and click the ‘Apply’ button to start your application.
The 2019-21 ELF Grant program is now closed to eligible organizations. The next round will be tentatively Spring 2021. To learn more about eligible organizations funding opportunity please review our program guidelines. Please note information in the guidelines may be subject to change in future rounds.
Eligible organizations include:
• Family Child Care Home
• Child Care Center
• Developers of housing and community facilities
• Community and technical colleges
• Educational Service Districts (ESD)
• Local governments
• Federally recognized tribes in the state
• Religious affiliated entities.
Commerce has selected a three CDFI partnership of Washington Community Reinvestment Association, Enterprise Community Partners, and Craft 3 to run our loan program. Only eligible organizations can apply for this opportunity directly with the CDFI. More information will be provided about this option soon, so stayed tuned!
2019-2021 Grant Results
2017-2019 Grants Results
Department of Commerce
Early Learning Program Manager
Behavioral Health and Early Learning Section Manager
Behavioral Health and Early Learning Program Manager
Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Community Funded ECEAP/Early Learning Facilities Specialist
Early Learning Facilities (ELF) Specialist
Office: 509-789-3829 | Cell: 509-342-5007