Child Care Facility Expansion Grants

Grants for Expanding an Existing Child Care Facility in Maine

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Existing child care facilities interested in increasing their licensed capacity (as permitted by the Child Care Facility Licensing Rule  and the Fire Marshal Day Care & Nursery School Requirements) are encouraged and eligible to apply for up to 50% of their related expansion costs for a total award up to $30,000.

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through July 31, 2024, or until all funds are awarded or whichever occurs first. There are two steps to the process. Child Care Facility Expansion Application 1 includes the basic requirements to increase your licensed capacity and may take several days to complete. Upon completion and Acceptance of Child Care Facility Expansion Application 1, candidates will be invited to complete Child Care Facility Expansion Application 2, which includes a business and project plan plus an expense estimate.