Three New River Valley localities establish childcare provider recovery grant

Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 8:47 PM EDT
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - There’s a new grant opportunity for childcare providers in the New River Valley.

Montgomery County, and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, created the Childcare Provider’s Grant to support childcare providers responding to families in need as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kim Thurlow from Blacksburg’s Housing and Community Development said many childcare providers have had to stay open and cut their sizes in half.

“And therefore, it is hard to balance the budget when you can’t operate at full capacity. And so the Child Care Recovery Grant is the help [to] support child care providers at this time to be able to make sure they can stay open and support our working families,” said Thurlow.

To be considered for funding, applicants must be an existing licensed family day home, licensed child day center, religiously exempt child day center, licensed family day system, certified preschool or licensed after-school program.

Facilities must certify that they provided or are willing to provide childcare in March through December 2020 and prove they are following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Thurlow said there are a lot of uses for the childcare providers grant, including payroll expenses, lease or mortgage payments, utilities (electric or gas), insurance, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies or services, equipment and inventory purchases, technology enhancement and professional services. Expenses incurred before March 15; those reimbursed by other federal or state funds; or items not deemed ‘necessary’ are ineligible.

An application for funding must outline the use of funds by November 1, 2020.

For full details, and to complete the online grant application, visit one of the following sites:

Only one application per childcare provider. If you are a childcare provider and believe it would be preferable to apply through either the nonprofit or small business grant program instead, you may do so. However, you must pick only one.

Grant distribution is scheduled to begin in October or November 2020 but could change depending on its demand.

This is the third grant opportunity offered by the three localities in response to COVID-19.

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