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Kansas child care providers!

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We understand the challenges of navigating multiple grant opportunities. Grant navigators are available to assist child care providers with grant applications and other resources. You may request assistance from a member of our grants team by filling out the inquiry form below:  

To contact a member of our grants team, please email grants@ks.childcareaware.org.

Child Care Sustainability Grants Round 2 – closed

This grant application period is now closed.

Child Care Aware of Kansas, in partnership with Kansas Department for Children and Families, is awarding Sustainability Grants – Round 2! These grants aid in continuing operations of child care programs through the COVID-19 pandemic. All Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) licensed child care facilities that demonstrate substantial compliance with KDHE child care licensing are eligible to apply. 

To be considered “eligible”, child care facilities must maintain an active permanent KDHE license, whether remaining open or temporarily closed.

  • Drop-in Care programs are eligible if they were licensed in Kansas on or before March 11, 2021 and continue to be licensed. Drop-in Care programs that received a license after March 11, 2021 are not eligible.
  • Programs with a temporary license are eligible if they were issued a temporary license in Kansas on or before March 11, 2021 and continue to maintain a temporary or permanent license. Programs with a temporary license that received the temporary license after March 11, 2021 are not eligible until they have received a permanent license.

Grant Amounts

Child care programs that meet the eligibility requirements may apply for funding in the following amounts/categories:

  • Family/Group child care homes: $5,000
  • Other child care programs (centers, preschools, head start, school age programs, and drop-in care):
    • Licensed capacity 24 or less children: $10,000
    • Licensed capacity between 25-99 children: $30,000
    • Licensed capacity 100+ children: $60,000

Application Timeline

  • October 1, 2021: Grant application launches.
  • November 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm CST: Grant application deadline. Grant applications must be received in our office.
  • November 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm CST: Grant application deadline. Grant applications must be received in our office.
  • November 30, 2021: Awards will be distributed.
  • February 28, 2022: Deadline to spend grant funds.
  • Monthly tracking forms are due monthly if funds are spent in that time period.

Child Care Sustainability Grant Informational Webinar

Grant Documents

The federal government passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in December and the American Rescue Plan Act in March. These laws provide supplemental funds to help State, Territory, and Tribal Lead Agencies address the impacts of COVID-19. The funds are awarded to the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and grants will be administered by Child Care Aware of Kansas.

Child Care Sustainability Grants Round 1 – closed

This grant application period is now closed.

The Child Care Sustainability Grants, administered by Child Care Aware of Kansas in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), provide support to cover provider costs of operations and potential revenue losses. All Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) licensed child care facilities that demonstrate substantial compliance with KDHE child care licensing are eligible to apply. View Governor Kelly’s announcement here.

Grant Amounts

Child care programs that meet the eligibility requirements may apply for funding in the following amounts/categories:

  • Family/Group child care homes: $5,000
  • Other child care programs (centers, preschools, head start, school age programs, and drop-in care):
    • Licensed capacity 24 or less children: $10,000
    • Licensed capacity between 25-99 children: $30,000
    • Licensed capacity 100+ children: $60,000
Application Timeline
  • July 1, 2021: Grant application launches.
  • July 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm CST: Grant application deadline. Grant applications must be received in our office.
  • August, September, and October 2021: Awards will be distributed.
  • January 31, 2022: Deadline to spend grant funds.
Child Care Sustainability Grant Informational Webinar
Grant Documents

The federal government passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in December and the American Rescue Plan Act in March. These laws provide supplemental funds to help State, Territory, and Tribal Lead Agencies address the impacts of COVID-19. The funds are awarded to the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and grants will be administered by Child Care Aware of Kansas.

Child Care Impact Grants – closed

This grant application period is now closed.

Please submit your receipts for approved purchases by December 15, 2021.

The Child Care Impact Grants program, established by Child Care Aware of Kansas in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), is intended to provide financial support for eligible child care programs to address facility and other demonstrated needs related to COVID-19 mitigation, health and safety.

Funds may be used for the following purposes:
Minor Renovations
  • For home or facility space(s) that are designated for the provision of child care services.  
  • Must clearly support the child care program in meeting health and safety guidelines, mitigating COVID-19 and/or meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101, et seq.). 
Other Activities/Expenses
  • May be considered if determined necessary to restart or continue operations safely and are not covered by other funding sources. 

*Major renovations are not eligible for funding and are defined as: (1) structural changes to the foundation, roof, floor, exterior or load-bearing walls of a facility, or the extension of a facility to increase its floor area; or (2) extensive alteration of a facility such as to significantly change its function and purpose, even if such renovation does not include any structural change.


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This project is supported by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment with funding from the Kansas Department for Children and Families (OIG) Coronavirus Relief Fund, federal funds available under section 601(d) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).