Early Learning Facilities Improvement Grants
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Recognizing the need for increased access to high-quality early learning programming and the key role facilities play in shaping the availability and quality of services, City of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has partnered with LISC to offer facility improvement grants to child care providers for the planning and renovation of physical space.
Grants are available in the following categories:
- Facilities Planning
- Facilities Renovation and/or Construction
Facilities improvements can be made to either indoor or outdoor spaces. Eligible organizations are licensed child care and early learning providers located in the City of Providence. A total of $315,000 of funding, made available by the Mayor Elorza, is available for providers serving infant through pre-kindergarten aged children.* Organizations must serve high-needs children and must be actively engaged in the BrightStars process in order to be eligible for these grants. If your center does not serve any high-needs children and if you are not active in BrightStars, you are not eligible for this grant.
*There is also a small, competitive pool of private funding, made available by LISC, accessible for licensed school age child care facilities who serve a substantial percentage of DHS subsidized children and are actively engaged in the BrightStars process.
Priority areas for this funding include:
- Addressing major health and safety concerns
- Providing support to programs working to make facility changes that enable them to maintain state licensure
- Providing support to programs working to improve the overall quality of their center
- Providing support to programs with a need to expand their space, especially for those looking to expand preschool and pre-K capacity
- Providing support to programs requiring facility assessment and/or design plans for space improvements
Purpose of Grants
1) Planning Grants – Planning grants are intended to provide child care and early learning facilities with resources to develop a comprehensive indoor and/or outdoor facility plan. Examples of possible uses include:
- Hiring a professional to conduct an overall facility assessment to help determine major health and safety concerns and develop a staged facility improvement plan
- Hiring an architect or other qualified design professional to conduct a feasibility assessment of a proposed new site for providers needing to move to new spaces/locations to comply with regulations
- Hiring an architect or other qualified design professional to develop plans for making necessary improvements to the facility to bring program into full licensing compliance and/or to improve health and safety and other features that will support movement through the BrightStars quality tiers
- Hiring a design professional to complete a comprehensive playground plan
2) Capital Grants – Capital grants can be used for renovations to address issues related to licensing compliance, health and safety, physical space barriers to quality improvement, and/or expansion of quality programming. Please note that any work performed with these grant funds must be completed by a licensed contractor with appropriate insurance. Further, the contractor must comply with and maintain documentation regarding compliance with the Fair Labor Standard Act and the Davis Bacon Wage Act. Capital grants can also be used to cover costs associated with relocation or disruption of services during construction.
Please review the following four documents prior to applying for 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 (link below) – if you have trouble accessing or using the electronic application, please contact us at email@example.com or 401-331-0131 (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)
Applications for Planning and/or Capital Grants are due by August 31st with award notification by September 24th. Please click the button below to access the online grant application.
*Please note that the application functions best when opened in the Chrome or Edge browsers.
You will have the option to save your application by entering your email and a password; please keep your password safe as we are unable to retrieve or reset passwords (meaning you will be unable to access your application should you need to stop and restart and will need to start over). You will be emailed a link to use to continue your application (please check your junk/spam folder if you do not receive).
Do you have a project in mind, but aren’t sure where to begin? Our technical assistance is available! Please click here to submit a request for technical assistance.
For questions on the application process, please contact the RICCFF team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-331-0131.