Growing Family Child Care Grants

Grants for Expanding an Existing Home-Based Child Care Business


Existing family child care providers interested in expanding their licensed capacity* are encouraged and eligible to apply for up to 50% of their expansion costs, up to $4,000.

Grant awards received may be used for the following purposes:

Up to $25,000 is available to those adding a room on to their home exclusively for their child care business. For more information about the definition of “adding a room,” please see the Family Child Care section of our FAQ.

*as permitted by Family Child Care Provider Licensing Rule and Day Care & Nursery School Requirements

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 Family Child Care Growth application process:

1) FCC Growth Application 1 : Submitting the required documentation to expand the capacity of your family child care. You must submit this application first, and it is anticipated that this application may take up to two hours to complete. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2024 or until all funds are awarded, whichever occurs first.

2) FCC Growth Application 2: Describing your expansion plans (number of children, hours of operation, and services provided) plus a list of your expansion expenses. You will receive a link to FCC Growth Application 2 after your FCC Growth Application 1 has been received and Accepted. It is anticipated that this application may take a few days to complete. Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2024 or until all funds are awarded.