Frequently Asked Questions
Please note, this web page will be updated regularly as additional questions arise.
We have two different grant opportunities that were recently launched (you can read more about those and any other funding resources available through the RICCFF here):
- This grant, the City of Providence Early Learning Facilities Grant, provided by City of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, and
- The Child Care Provider Relief Fund, provided by CARES Act funding through DHS statewide.
The City of Providence Early Learning Facilities Grant funding was included in the City of Providence’s budget when Mayor Jorge Elorza and the Providence Public School District (PPSD) recognized and prioritized the need for the district/City to provide increased access to high-quality, affordable early care and education to the children residing in Providence. This grant and technical assistance program was designed to meet the unique needs of early childhood programs in Providence.
There are no set caps for this funding, but grant awards will be based on actual estimated costs of projects. This will require reaching out to professionals to be hired (design professionals or contractors) to get written estimates to be submitted with your grant application.
If you are a child care provider located in the City of Providence, yes you can apply for both but please be aware there are separate applications and applicant requirements for each grant program. You can visit the Funding page of our website for information on available opportunities: https://riccelff.org/funding/
Sole proprietors are not eligible for this particular funding as applicants must be registered businesses with the Rhode Island Secretary of State.
Please note that the other recently launched grant opportunity, the Child Care Provider Relief Fund, is open to sole proprietors as long as the business is registered with their City or Town.
Please let us know if you are unable to obtain an estimate and we will work with you to ensure you are still able to apply. If that happens, we will ask you to follow up with estimate information during the month of August when we will be reviewing applications. We can be flexible with this requirement, but it will be needed in order for a final funding decision to be made in September. Please reach out to us if you are experiencing this issue.