Child Care Grant Program
The 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly provided funding to assist North Dakota child care facilities. The Department of Commerce accepted applications July 1, 2013 - August 30, 2013.
Reimbursement Request Documents
Purpose: To increase the capacity of child care in the State, through expansion or creation of child care facilities.
Application Timeframe: Applications were accepted July 1, 2013 through August 30, 2013. Any applicants not funded in the first round will be considered in the second round. Due to overwhelming response, we do not anticipate accepting any more applications.
Match Requirement: One dollar of matching funds for every three dollars of grant funds. Cash match only.
Award Range: $10,000 - $187,500
- Licensed profit, non-profit and public child care facilities are eligible for this program. Facilities must operate full time and must increase capacity.
- New programs that will be licensed upon completion of the project are also eligible.
- Existing non-licensed profit, non-profit and public child care facilities are eligible for this program, provided they will operate full time, increase capacity, and be licensed upon project completion.
- Projects must increase the full time capacity of the child care facility.
- Eligible projects include the purchase and renovation of real estate, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
- Operating expenses are not eligible under this program.
- Applications from operators in the process of licensing must include a letter of support from a Regional Childcare Supervisor verifying that the applicant will be eligible for licensure upon project completion.
- Programs requesting over $25,000 must include a business plan with application that includes number and age mix of children to be served, number and qualifications of staff, hours of operation, facility floor plan, and start-up (if applicable) and operational budgets. Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) and Small Business Development Centers have resources and technical assistance available to assist in developing a business plan.
- Proposals that meet the qualifications will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
- Projects completed prior to July 1, 2013 are not eligible to apply.
- Commerce reserves the right to deny projects in which the amount of benefit to the recipient is deemed to outweigh the amount of benefit to the State.
- Priority to applications increasing infant and toddler capacity.
- Priority will be given to communities with the greatest need, especially those with a child care deficiency of 0-34% as defined by CCR&R.
- If there is no activity within 3 months of award, the award may be terminated and the funds may be reallocated.
- Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis with appropriate supporting documentation. Reimbursement requests must be submitted by June 15th, 2015.
- Awardees must continue to provide child care services for a minimum of 5 years after receiving funds, or repay grant award. Repayment will be based on a pro-rated percentage. Exceptions to this repayment requirement will be considered on a case by case basis and will be at the sole discretion of the Department of Commerce.
- Awardees receiving over $25,000 must complete a Business Incentive Agreement and report for two years following receipt of funds.
- This is a one-time grant and the State will not be responsible for any on-going costs associated with the recipient's project.
- Facilities that are not licensed at time of application must include verification of licensure with reimbursement request.
- Facilities will be required to provide a letter from the DHS Early Childhood Service Regional Supervisor confirming that the facility has a strong history of compliance.
- Facilities with a history of violations and/or corrective actions may still be considered. In order to be considered facilities will need to provide:
- A 3 year "Early Childhood Service History" from the DHS Early Childhood Service Regional Supervisor.
- Provide an explanation of changes that have been made to correct the violations and a letter from the DHS Early Childhood Service Regional Supervisor confirming that corrective action has taken place.
- The acceptability of the documentation will be at the sole discretion of Commerce in consultation with DHS Early Childhood Service Regional Supervisor for that county.
- In the case of a new facility, the operator should have a history of cooperation with DHS and compliance with laws.
Business Incentive Agreements (link)
Reimbursement Request Form
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Please use this form to request reimbursement.
For questions regarding the Child Care Program, please contact Andrea Pfennig at 701-328-2687 or Wayde Sick at 701-328-7264.
Childcare Loan Program
The North Dakota Development Fund was also authorized to provide financial assistance to childcare providers through loans. If you are interested in more information, please visit the Childcare Loan Program.