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.

Maximum Award


Award Calculation

50% of start-up expenses

Uses of Grant Funds

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 application process:

  1. FCC Growth 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. FCC Growth Application 2: Invitation-only based on eligibility determined from Application 1 and includes a description of your project plans plus a list of your expansion expenses. Applications will be accepted through August 30, 2024 or until all funds are awarded, whichever occurs first.