Funding

There are five types of funding currently available through the RICCELFF:

LISC, in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS), will be administering the Child Care Provider Relief Fund as emergency relief grants to the Rhode Island child care and early learning provider community through a competitive application process.

The application is now open – you can apply as well as read the eligibility requirements and details of the application process here: https://riccelff.org/news/child-care-provider-relief-fund/

You can read some frequently asked questions here

You can watch an informational session here

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:
  • 1. Facilities Planning
  • 2. Facilities Renovation and/or Construction

There are currently two planning and feasibility grant opportunities available:

1) Early feasibility facility planning grants in the amount of $5,000 – $10,000. This small, competitive pool of private funding has been made available by LISC. Grants allow qualified organizations to secure professional services to plan for and assess the feasibility of both indoor and outdoor facility projects. Qualified services might include things such as architectural services, landscape /playground design services, engineering studies, and environmental surveys. These planning grants can also be used to help devise a prioritized facility improvement plan.

2) Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Facility Planning grants are available for predevelopment and feasibility activities such as professional architectural design services for project feasibility and concept design; site analysis; engineering studies; legal services (ex: hiring a land use attorney to pursue a change in zoning for allowable use); and environmental survey and review. 

Eligible applicants for the PDG facilities planning grants include: both non-profit or a for-profit organizations; child care providers with a commitment to provide early childhood care and education to low‐income families with a public subsidy OR real estate developers with commitment to offering a favorable, long term lease or a lease to own scenario and is partnered with or is committed to partnering with an eligible childcare provider. Other requirements include: organization must have a DUNS Number and active SAM.gov registration – not debarred or suspended and organization should have the ability to comply with requirements of a federally funded facility project (including written procurement policy, maintenance of financial reports to show and account for the uses of grant funds, provision of audited financials or acceptable alternative, etc.)

If you would like to apply for either of these planning grant opportunities , please submit a technical assistance application here: https://riccelff.org/technical-assistance/

For more information on the type of information requested for planning grants, please read our Guidelines for Funding (this document is for reference only- please fill out a technical assistance request as a first step).

A very competitive pool of recoverable grant funds are available to qualified organizations that are looking to expand quality child care or early education programming for low-income families. Recoverable grants, which typically range in size from $10,000 – $100,000 can be used to support pre-development costs, such as an option on a site, architectural drawings, environmental and engineering review, legal and project management fees. Recoverable grants essentially function like “zero-interest loans.” The amount of recoverable grant funds provided will vary based on the size and needs of the project and the overall plan for repayment of the funds.

Loans ranging from $50,000 – $5 million are available to qualified child care centers for eligible facility projects. Click HERE for additional information on our loan products.

Sign up for our eNewsletter below to be notified when future grant funding is available. Organizations interested in discussing recoverable grant and loan opportunities should contact us at riccelff@lisc.org or 401-331-0131.

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