The purpose of the IGP is to preserve, enhance, and expand childcare and development and preschool opportunities for children up to five years of age by providing grants to renovate, repair, modernize, retrofit, or build new licensed childcare centers and family childcare homes (collectively referred to as “childcare facilities”) (Health and Safety Code (HSC) sections 1596.750, 1596.76, and 1596.78; and WIC section 10310.1).
The California Department of Social Services has $150 million appropriated in grants for new construction and major renovation of childcare programs. Funds shall be used to make extensive alterations, structural changes, and/or major renovation to existing childcare facilities, and for construction to build new childcare spaces. The grant must be used to increase licensed spaces by 58.
Renovating or building out an existing facility by adding classrooms. Constructing a brand-new center-based facility. Replacing a facility lost due to a state or federally declared disaster. Expanding Small Family Child Care Homes to Large Family Child Care Homes.
As identified in WIC sections 10310.1(b)(1)(A), eligible Applicants include childcare and development and preschool providers that are not local educational agencies (LEAs), such as public-school districts, higher education, county offices of education, or charter schools.
Matching Funding Requirement:
An Operator must commit a 10% funding match, meaning that the Applicant will contribute their own funds amounting to 10% of the grant award total. Acceptable ways an Operator can provide these funds include Loans from a lending organization such as Community Development Financial Institution, Small Business Administration, bank loans, Foundation/Pledge commitments/other grants (non-federal or state) Tax Credits.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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