Providence Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program
These funds make important investments, not only in some of our city’s youngest residents, but also in small business owners and entrepreneurs who are working to improve their businesses… These grants will help improve the quality of care in childcare establishments by making sure facilities are upgraded in a timely manner and comply with state and federal regulations. With this grant support, we will continue to provide diverse childcare options for families in Providence.
The third year of facility improvement and expansion grant funding for Providence-based child care providers, the Providence Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program, is now open. This program is funded through an allocation of Providence’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, with the remainder allocated through the City budget.
LISC is administering this program in partnership with the City to provide technical assistance support along with the opportunity for grant funding, made available to child care providers through a competitive application process, to support the planning and renovation of physical space. Funding prioritization will be given to improvements that support compliance with existing regulations, remediating areas that pose risks to children’s health and safety, and supporting facilities to improve their quality rating and standing (ex. BrightStars, RIDE CECE Standards).
An informational session was held on Friday, February 17th. The recording and PowerPoint slides can be accessed here:
Please review the following four documents in preparation for applying to this grant opportunity:
- Full grant description and instructions – includes eligibility requirements, priorities, and what is needed to apply (Spanish version here)
- A copy of the application questions FOR REFERENCE ONLY – please only use this document as reference, all applications must be submitted via the electronic application which will be posted here starting Friday, February 17th (Spanish version here)
- The narrative application document – you will need to upload a completed copy of this narrative as part of the online application so please download this Word document template, save it to a safe location on your computer, and complete it prior to starting the online application (Spanish version here)
- A 12 month cash flow form will need to be uploaded as part of the electronic application – a template is available here for your use; however, you may use a different form if preferred – please complete this prior to beginning the online application (Spanish version here)
The application is currently closed and awards have been made. Stay tuned for more information about our current grantees!
In the meantime, you can read about previous grantees awarded through this program in prior years here.