Please note that the NJ Health and Safety, Cleaning and Sanitizing Grant Program has ended. 
 

Child Care Provider COVID-19 Stabilization Grants

GRANT DETAILS
The Department of Human Services, Division of Family (DHS/DFD) is making grants immediately available to help New Jersey licensed child care centers and registered family child care programs meet the increased costs of re-opening and remaining open due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The grants, which are available to providers that are open or will open by October 1, are intended to help with the added operational costs in order to meet the new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.  
 
All New Jersey licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers are eligible to apply. The grant funds have to specifically be used for COVID-19 related expenses, such as purchasing PPE, cleaning and sanitation, classroom and physical plant modifications and added staffing costs to meet new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Grants are available to New Jersey licensed centers and registered family child care providers.
  • Child care providers and programs must register with the NJ Workforce Registry.
  • Child care providers must comply with state and local government COVID-19 health and safety guidance. Information is available online at:  
       https://www.nj.gov/dcf/coronavirus_licensedchildcare.html
       https://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/sanitation-safety/youthcamps.shtml
       https://www.childcarenj.gov/Providers
  • Child care providers and programs interested in applying for a stabilization grant must submit an online application with all the required documents.
  • This grant is subject to an application review process and may require a site visit.
 KEY THINGS TO KNOW
  • Grants are available to licensed centers and registered family child care providers who are open and operating by October 1, 2020.
  • Grants range from $8,000 to $17,000 for licensed child care centers (grant amount is based on the center’s capacity) and $2,500 for registered family child providers. 
  • This grant cannot be used for capital improvement purchases, such as building construction, renovations or major repairs and funds must be used specifically for COVID-19 related expenses. Providers must note how they plan to use the funds in the application.
  • Once the application is reviewed and approved, the agency will receive payment within 30 days of approval.
  • Funds must be expended by December 18, 2020 and receipts submitted no later than December 30, 2020.
  • Funds are from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and subject to federal rules and audits. For the United States Treasury compliance requirements regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund grant dollars, visit: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments
TO APPLY
Licensed child care centers can apply through NJCCIS, where eligible centers will see the Grants button in the Quicklinks section of their facilities page. Family child care providers should reach out to their Child Care Resource and Referral Agency to apply. 
 

 
 

Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Funding Announcement: Program and Classroom Quality Enhancement Grants

GRANT DETAILS
The Department of Human Services, Division of Family (DHS/DFD) is making grants available to support programs and providers participating in the state’s Child Care Subsidy Program to comply with the federal law (Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act) requirements. This grant is designed to improve the quality of programs beyond basic health and safety requirements and standards. Quality improvement should align with the Environment Rating Scales, (ECERS 3, ITERS 3, FCCERS R), or other evidence-based improvement assessments when considering age-appropriate material and supply purchases All programs and providers will be required to comply with all CCDBG requirements. All grants are subject to the requirements of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Program.
 
Grants are available to eligible child care providers and programs participating or that are interested in serving families and children in the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program and that have not had a serious injury or death that occurred due to a substantiated health or safety violation. Child care providers and programs must register with the NJ Workforce Registry.
 
Child care providers and programs interested in applying for any of the grants must submit an application with all the required documents. All grants are subject to an application review process and some may require a site visit. Grants are based on available funds and released by priority.
 
AVAILABLE FUNDS
Up to $500 Registered Family Child Care Programs
Up to $2,000 Licensed Child Care Centers
 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers who are enrolled in Grow NJ Kids and have completed the Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Plan.
 
TO APPLY
Programs interested in applying for this grant must contact their regional Grow NJ Kids Technical Assistance center for further instruction. Only complete application packages, which include any required documentation, will be considered. Once the application is reviewed and approved, the agency will receive an award letter.
 
KEY THINGS TO KNOW
  • These grants are available to support children, families and child care providers participating in the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for capital improvement purchases, i.e. building construction, renovations or major repairs.
  • This grant will offer priority assistance to providers with limited resources that have not previously received quality incentives.
  • Some grants require a pre- and post-onsite visits.
  • Initial funds should be released within 30 days after receipt of award letter.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
If you have questions or need help – please email [email protected] or call 1-877-522-1050