Child Care Facility Expansion Grants

Grants for Expanding an Existing Child Care Facility in Maine

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Existing child care facilities in good standing who are interested in expanding their licensed capacity, as permitted by Child Care Facility Licensing Rule and State Fire Marshal Requirements. Child care providers with pending investigations or licenses that are “conditional” or “sanctioned” will not be processed and/or awards will not be granted. Awards may be rescinded for programs that become “conditional” or “sanctioned.”

Maximum Award


Award Calculation

50% of start-up expenses

Uses of Grant Funds

Grant awards received may be used for the following purposes:

Priority Areas

Priority will be given to applications from Aroostook, Franklin, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington Counties. In addition, applicants committing to the following will receive bonus points:

Application Process

There are two steps to the application process:

  1. Facility Expansion Application 1: New applications are no longer being accepted. Those who started Application 1 before June 30, 2024, may submit their Application 1 when it is complete. It will be reviewed and considered for Application 2 within 3 weeks.
  2. Facility Expansion Application 2 is invitation-only based on eligibility determined from Application 1 and includes a business and project plan plus an expense estimate. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 30, 2024 or until all funds are awarded, whichever occurs first.