Start-Up Family Child Care Grants

Grants for Starting a New Home-Based Child Care Business


Maine residents interested in starting a home-based or family child care business are encouraged and eligible to apply for up to 75% of their start-up costs, for a total award of up to $8,500.

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.

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 Start-Up Application 1 (linked below): Completing the requirements to earn a family child care license. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2024 or until all funds are awarded, whichever occurs first.
  2. FCC Start-Up Application 2: Invitation-only based on eligibility determined from Application 1 and includes a description of your project plans plus a list of your start-up expenses. Applications will be accepted through August 30, 2024 or until all funds are awarded, whichever occurs first.

Application processing time is expected to take up to five weeks from the time of submission.