Check out some of the great funding opportunities with Future Ready Iowa that are helping create and expand new child care opportunities across Iowa.
Child Care Business Incentive Grant
Governor Reynolds has announced a new $25 million Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program targeted at helping employers offer or expand child care options as a benefit to their employees. A total of $20 million will be awarded to support local infrastructure investments to build or expand child care capacity. An additional $5 million will be used to support arrangements between employers and child care facilities to expand and reserve child care slots.
Projects could include the creation and development of an on-site child care center or a partnership with an existing child care center to create new child care slots paid for by a local employer.
Status: Applications were due to be submitted through IowaGrants.gov by Monday, July 18. They are currently being reviewed.
Check back for updates on when awards will be announced.
More information on the new grant can be viewed below.
Employer Consortium Documents:
Webinars on New Grant Opportunity
Representatives from Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Human Services provided a comprehensive overview of the new grant opportunity and answered questions from interested applicants. Learn more above.
Featuring Dawn Oliver Wiand, President/CEO of the Iowa Women's Foundation, this webinar shared in-depth and innovative partnership models that showcase how partnering with businesses and local child care providers can bring success to Iowa communities. The webinar is also a great resource for assisting groups wanting to address local child care needs and apply for the Child Care Business Incentive Grant. Representatives from Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Human Services also participated to address relevant questions.
This webinar helps to provide guidance on how to submit an application through IowaGrants.gov. Presenters walk through the application process and answer questions. If you are new to using IowaGrants.gov or would like a refresher, then this webinar is for you!
Child Care Challenge Fund
The Child Care Challenge Fund supports regional and community projects to establish local child care facilities and increase the availability of quality, affordable child care for working Iowans.
Latest round of Child Care Challenge Funding Awards announced on Jan. 12, 2022
Press release: Governor Reynolds awards $36.6 million in child care grants
Previous Awards, Maps, and Resources: