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 announced a new Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program targeted at helping employers offer or expand child care options as a benefit to their employees. Funds awarded will support local infrastructure investments to build or expand child care capacity, or support arrangements between employers and child care facilities to expand and reserve child care slots.
New Slots Funding Opportunity: Child Care Business Incentive
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have announced a second round of funding for the Child Care Business Incentive slots grant. This new opportunity seeks to provide additional flexibility in the ways employers can partner with local child care providers to meet the needs of their employees. Grants will support projects that increase licensed or operational child care slots, add slots to meet new time/day requirements of employees, or fill currently licensed (but unfilled) slots for the benefit of employees.
Applications are now being accepted at IowaGrants.gov. View the Notice of Funding and Application Information below. Applications are now due by 11:59 AM on November 16, 2022.
- Notice of Funding: New Child Care Business Incentive Slots Opportunity
- Appendix A - Grant Guidance and Instructions
- Appendix B - Frequently Asked Questions
- Appendix C - Grant Application Scoring Rubric
- Appendix D - Directions for New Users on IowaGrants.gov
- Appendix E1 - Project Plan
- Appendix E2 - Project Plan (Example)
- Appendix F - Grant Budget Form
- Appendix F - Grant Budget Form (Template)
Resources on New Grant Opportunity
Webinar: Child Care Business Incentive Grant: New Slots Funding Opportunity
September 23, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Applications are now open for a new round of Child Care Business Incentive Grant funding, which will focus specifically on creating new child care slots. Businesses and partner organizations are able to apply. Watch the recent webinar recording below to hear from IWD and HHS representatives about this unique opportunity!
Watch Webinar Recording (YouTube)
Webinar Slides (PDF)
Q & A from Webinar (PDF)
Child Care Business Incentive Grant Awards announced on Sept. 13, 2022.
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: