Child Care Community Partnership Grants

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Child Care Aware of Kansas, in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, provides technical assistance and funding opportunities for Kansas communities working to address access to affordable, high-quality child care.

One Goal

Affordable, high-quality child care for all of Kansas.

Two Different Funding Opportunities

Kansas Communities
Initial Child Care Coalition Building

Eligible Kansas communities may request up to $2,000 to support initial child care coalition-building activities. Funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis until all funds have been awarded.

Kansas Child Care Coalitions
Implementing Child Care Capacity-Building Plans​

Eligible Kansas child care coalitions may request up to $45,000 to implement plans to address access to affordable, high-quality child care. Funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis until all funds have been awarded.

Three Simple Steps

1
Complete the Inquiry Form
2
Participate in a Consultation to Determine Eligibility
3
Apply for Funding Based on Eligibility

To get started, tell us about your community’s efforts so we can connect you with available technical assistance & funding opportunities.

After we receive your completed inquiry form, one of our Community Consultants will contact you to discuss eligibility.

After your consultation, we will help you determine the next steps, and walk you through the application process.

Please review the eligibility requirements below prior to filling out the inquiry form. This grant is for communities interested in increasing efforts to expand child care capacity.

Child Care Providers who are interested in grants, click here

Kansas Communities

Initial Child Care Coalition Building

Eligible Kansas communities may request up to $2,000 to support initial child care coalition-building activities. Funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis until all funds have been awarded.

Kansas communities are eligible* to receive funding when the following criteria are met:

  • A Child Care Community Partnership inquiry form has been completed and initial readiness is demonstrated
  • The community has defined it’s reach (census tract, city/town, county, or region)
  • The community has formally organized its coalition under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) or the IRS tax code or meets the criteria for a Unified School District OR
  • The community has identified a fiscal agent willing to accept funds on behalf of the community that is organized under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) or the IRS tax code or meets the criteria for a Unified School District

Please note:  If Child Care Aware of Kansas receives applications from overlapping geographic areas, technical assistance will be provided to request that these coalitions merge and collaborate on a single application for resubmission.  

*Final eligibility will be determined in a consultation with the community consultants.

To get started, tell us about your community’s efforts so we can connect you with available technical assistance & funding opportunities.

Complete the Inquiry Form

Kansas Child Care Coalitions​

Implementing Child Care Capacity-Building Plans

Eligible Kansas child care coalitions may request up to $45,000 to implement plans to address access to affordable, high-quality child care. Funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis until all funds have been awarded.

These funds may not be used for capital construction or major renovation activities. Major renovations are defined as: structural changes to the foundation, roof, floor, exterior or load-bearing wall of a facility or the extension of a facility to increase its floor area; or (the extensive alteration of a facility such as to significantly change its function and purpose, even if such renovation does not include any structural change.

If your project includes capital construction or major renovation activities, please include detail in both the project narrative and budget sections to indicate how those activities will be funded utilizing other sources of funding. In some circumstances, Child Care Aware of Kansas may provide additional technical assistance to identify sources of funding to support activities/expenses that are not allowable under this grant opportunity.

Kansas communities are eligible* to receive funding when the following criteria are met:

  • A Child Care Community Partnership inquiry form has been completed and initial readiness is demonstrated.
  • The community has defined it’s reach (census tract, city/town, county, or region)
  • The community has formally organized its coalition under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) or the IRS tax code or meets the criteria for a Unified School District OR
  • The coalition has identified a fiscal agent willing to accept funds on its behalf that is organized under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) or the IRS tax code or meets the criteria for a Unified School District
  • The coalition can demonstrate designation as the lead child care capacity-building entity by supplying letters of support from three community leaders

Please Note:  If Child Care Aware of Kansas receives applications from overlapping geographic areas, technical assistance will be provided to request that these teams merge and collaborate on a single application for resubmission. 

*Final eligibility will be determined in a consultation with community consultant.

The grant application will be completed and submitted in two parts. Initial access will be provided to complete the first sections (information about the community coalition and project narrative). Once these sections have been reviewed by Child Care Aware of Kansas and confirmed as eligible, the remainder of the application (budget, terms, and conditions) will be accessible for completion.

Complete the Inquiry Form

Grant Timeline

Applications are received and reviewed on a rolling basis between October 3, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Project activities supported by these funds must be completed and funds spent by May 1, 2024.

Guidance & Technical Assistance

This application should be developed in line with the information outlined in the grant guidance document.

Technical assistance is available throughout the grant application process.

Please contact communitysupport@ks.childcareaware.org for assistance in completing this application.

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