There are three types of funding currently available through the RICCELFF:
There are two planning and feasibility grant opportunities:
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 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 child care provider.
Eligible applicants 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.).
The application for the next round of funding is currently available here: https://riccelff.org/preschool-development-grant-pdg-planning-grant-application/
For more information on the type of information that LISC may request in the planning grant application process, please read our Guidelines for Funding (this document is for reference only- please fill out a technical assistance request as a first step).
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