Child Care Program Grants

The following grants help offset the cost of opening and operating a quality child care program.  These grants assist child care professionals to obtain health and safety equipment, materials, supplies, and/or training to meet New York State Office of Children and Family Services child care regulations, licensure, and registration.

Start–up Grant

Start-up Grants give new and prospective providers up to $500.00 for supplies to help ensure the health and safety of the children in their program as well as to stimulate the children’s readiness for learning.  The Start-up Grant is a one-time grant for providers who have had their license or registration for less than six months and have not received a grant from another agency.


  • A provider is considered new if he/she has changed modalities of care (from family to group or vice versa) or has moved to a new location.
  • A prospective provider is one who is in the process of registration with an application acknowledgement letter.
  • Providers can use $235.00 of the Start-up Grant to pay for Health and Safety Training: Competency for Becoming a Licensed or Registered Family or Group Family Child Care Provider and the remaining balance on supplies.

Health & Safety Grant

Health Safety Grants are available to existing providers for the maintenance of health and safety supplies.  The maximum grant amount is $200.00.  An existing provider who has not received a grant in five (5) years can apply for this grant.

Legally Exempt Providers Grant

Legally Exempt Providers Grants are available to legally exempt providers.  The grant amount is up to $75 to help promote health and safety in their program.

Grant Requirements

A provider must:

  • Show willingness to serve children of low-income families
  • Show willingness to serve mildly ill children or children with special needs
  • Provide care during non-traditional hours
  • Live in a high needs neighborhood
  • Meet unique needs of language and culture of children served
  • Have an annual income under $25,000

Supplies may include but are not limited to:

  • Fire Extinguishers & Smoke Alarms
  • First Aid Kits
  • Cribs, Cots, or Mats
  • Child-Size Tables & Chairs
  • Books, Puzzles and Toys
  • Program Curricula
  • Educational Materials

Providers who are awarded a grant also have access to a resource library, in-home technical assistance including appropriate child care space arrangement creation, and workshops on topics such as creating and selecting age-appropriate activities and materials.   

All grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available and the provider meets the grant requirements.  If you would like to apply for a child care program grant or get more information, contact us.