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Emergency Child Care Grant (Phase 1)

FUNDING APPLICATIONS FOR THE EMERGENCY CHILD CARE GRANT (PHASE 1) ARE CLOSED

The Early Learning Division is currently reviewing 2,188 applications received from child care providers who applied for the first phase of grant funding during the COVID-19 crisis. Grant applications were accepted from May 1 – May 11, 2020 and are now closed.

The first phase of the Emergency Child Care grant program includes $8 million in funding provided to Oregon through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.

Of the applications received, 1871 (86%) are from licensed and recorded programs and 317 (14%) are from regulated subsidy and relative care providers. Applications were submitted in English 2059 (94%) and Spanish 129 (6%).

Applicants will receive notifications by email beginning Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Some applications will take longer to review and will require follow-up documentation. Successful applicants will receive electronic agreement forms to sign through email. Signed agreement forms will need to be returned in order to process grant payments. The first grant payment is estimated to be sent within 10 days after returning completed forms.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact us at ECCgrants@ode.oregon.gov.

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Supplemental and Opportunity Zone Grants

Child Care Providers awarded in Phase 1 and Phase 2 have the opportunity to accept supplemental Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) through the Early Learning Division, Emergency Child Care Grant program. Providers do not need to re-apply to receive this funding. These supplemental funds will be distributed by provider type. Recipients of Phase 1 and 2 have been notified of this funding opportunity.

The Early Learning Division (ELD) applied the state’s Equity Lens to determine which areas may be at ​highest risk of losing child care programs. The ELD also examined which areas of the state this would impact a majority of families of color, Indigenous families, and families living in poverty. An area was designated as an Opportunity Zone if it met any of the following criteria:

  • An area of a city or county that had a lower child care supply relative to the state before the pandemic AND with a significant population of children of color.
  • An area of a city or county that had a lower child care supply relative to the state before the pandemic AND where 20% or more of the population lives in poverty.
  • An area of a city or county that is adjacent to an area identified above AND where 20% or more of the population lives in poverty.
  • An area of a city or county that is identified as rural using United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) codes.

Click here to view a map of Opportunity Zones in Oregon. Use the search bar in the upper right-hand corner to zoom in and view your specific zip code, town, or address. The legend on the left indicates opportunity zone status.

Questions? Email ECCGrants@ode.oregon.gov.

  • Supplemental Funding Frequently Asked Questions, Updated October 6, 2020
  • CARES Act & CRF Funding, Equity Lens: Presentation Slides
Additional November Emergency Child Care Grant Funding (ECC3)

The Early Learning Division (ELD) will be distributing additional Emergency Child Care (ECC) grant funding for eligible providers who did not receive funds in Phase 1 or Phase 2. The $4.6 million in grant funding was allocated to Oregon through the federal CRF (Coronavirus Relief Fund) Act. Providers who are eligible do not need to complete an application to receive funds.

Licensed providers are eligible for this round of grant funding if you:

All providers who meet the criteria will receive a grant. ELD will begin issuing Notice of Award and Grant Agreements through a DocuSign email on November 2, 2020. To learn more, view the provider notification “October 27, 2020” below. 

If you have any questions relating to ECC grants or if you do not want to be considered for an award, please contact the ECC Grants team at ECCGrants@ode.oregon.gov or 971-707-2029.

Year end opportunity for Emergency Child Care Grants (ECC4)

The Early Learning Division (ELD) is offering Emergency Child Care (ECC) providers another opportunity to access Oregon grant funding through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Eligible child care providers do not need to complete an application for this fourth round of ECC grants. All providers who meet the criteria will receive a grant. ELD will issue Notice of Award and Grant Agreements through a DocuSign email beginning the week of November 16, 2020.

This is a one-time grant open to child care providers who meet the following criteria:

In order to receive funds, you must sign and submit a grant agreement and all required documentation by 11:59 p.m. on December 14, 2020. To learn more, view the provider notification “November 16, 2020” below. 

If you have any questions relating to ECC grants or if you do not want to be considered for an award, please contact the ECC Grants team at ECCGrants@ode.oregon.gov or 971-707-2029.

  • ECC4 Frequently Asked Questions: Updated January 5, 2021
Bridge Funding (ECC5)

The Early Learning Division (ELD) announced another grant opportunity for Emergency Child Care (ECC) providers through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

To be considered for an award, eligible ECC providers must complete a brief application by the June 8, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (PST) deadline: https://ode.smapply.org/prog/ecc5/.

All eligible applicants will be issued a grant agreement by email through DocuSign no later than June 14, 2021.

To be eligible for the grant, providers must meet the following criteria:

  • Registered Family, Certified Family, Certified Center, Recorded Programs (School-Age and Preschool) or Recorded Program operating as a Temporary Unlicensed ECCF, and
  • Approved as an ECC facility, and
  • Currently providing in-person child care, and
  • Listed with 211info in Find Child Care Oregon and open for referrals, and
  • Less than 100% of enrolled children/slots are funded from state or federal sources, and
  • Agree to remain open to provide in-person child care through the end of September 2021.

For more information, view the provider letter “May 21, 2021” and resources below.

Reopening Grant (ECC6)

ABOUT THE COVID-19 CHILD CARE REOPENING GRANT

On August 30, the Early Learning Division announced a grant funding opportunity through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Child care providers who stopped providing services between March 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021, and reopened after June 30, 2021, or are interested in reopening, are invited to apply for a grant.

NOTE: Emergency child care grant payments may be taxable. Please consult your tax professional, if you have an income tax questions or concerns.

A new 1099-NEC form for reporting non-employee compensation was introduced by the IRS for 2020. The State of Oregon will mail 1099-NEC forms to applicable child care providers in January of each calendar year showing the amount of grant funds disbursed to your child care facility for the subject tax year.

Please submit a new Form W-9 if you made any changes to your name, business name, address, Social Security number, or employer identification number (EIN). Please refer to the W-9 guide.

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Child Care Stabilization Grant

ABOUT CHILD CARE STABILIZATION GRANTS

The Early Learning Division (ELD) is announcing a grant funding opportunity through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Child care providers who faced financial hardship related to COVID-19 may be eligible to apply for a stabilization grant. The application period for this grant is open until December 31, 2021.

You must complete a brief application online and meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant. Child care providers whose applications are approved will receive an award based on the child care type.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Office of Child Care licensed (must meet all criteria):

  • Be an existing child care that is open and available to provide child care at the time of application, or
  • Be an existing child care that is temporarily closed due to public health, financial hardship, or other reasons relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency and plans to reopen within 30 days of receiving a Grant
  • Be licensed at the time of application

Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) license-exempt family child care and centers (must meet all criteria):

  • Be an existing child care that is open and available to provide child care at the time of application, or
  • Be an existing child care that is temporarily closed due to public health, financial hardship, or other reasons relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency and plans to reopen within 30 days of receiving a Grant
  • Be listed and approved by ODHS as of March 11, 2021; and at the time of application

Child care programs that are Early Head Start, Head Start, Oregon Pre-kindergarten, or Relief Nurseries are not eligible for a stabilization grant, because the funding is intended to help the child care sector, not publicly funded programs.

Please see the Family Child Care Budget Guide and the Child Care Center Budget Guide for more tracking and documenting assistance.

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