Child Care Grants | Future Ready Iowa

Child Care Grants

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 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.


Press release: Gov. Reynolds announces $25M Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program

Notice of Funding: 2022 Child Care Business Inventive Grants

Appendix A - Grant Guidance and Instructions

Appendix B - Frequently Asked Questions

Appendix C - Grant Application Scoring Rubric

Appendix D - Directions for New Users on

Appendix E - Project Plan

Appendix F - Grant Budget Form

Employer Consortium Documents

Webinars on New Grant Opportunity

May 25, 2022
Introduction to Child Care Business Incentive Grant 
Watch Webinar Recording (YouTube)
Webinar Slides (PDF)
Q & A from Webinar (PDF)

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.

June 14, 2022
Addressing Child Care Needs with Unique Partnership Models
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Watch Webinar Recording (YouTube)
Webinar Slides (PDF)
Q & A from Webinar (PDF)

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. 

June 22, 2022 - Application Guidance
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Watch Webinar Recording (YouTube)
Webinar Slides (PDF)
Q & A from Webinar (PDF)

This webinar helps to provide guidance on how to submit an application through Presenters walk through the application process and answer questions. If you are new to using 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

Child Care 2022 Award Summaries - Updated 8.3.22 (PDF)

Child Care 2022 Award Map (PDF)


Previous Awards, Maps, and Resources:

Summary of the 2021 Child Care Challenge Awards

2021 Future Ready Iowa Child Care Award Map (PDF)

2021 & 2022 Child Care Awards by City (Map)

2021 & 2022 Child Care Awards Overlay (Map)


Visit the Child Care Taskforce page to learn more about the Governor's strategy to address the child care shortage in the state.