The COVID-19 public health emergency continues to have a severe, negative impact on child care programs nationwide, across California and locally, many of which have either closed their doors or are on the brink of closure.
The goal of the Sonoma County Child Care Resiliency Fund is to ensure that child care businesses remain open or re-open in the midst of the pandemic. This is a one-time grant opportunity for licensed and license-exempt child care providers that meet specific eligibility criteria (see below) can be used to address a broad range of needs to support the continued operation of a child care program.
The Fund is a collaborative funding partnership between the City of Santa Rosa, Community Foundation Sonoma County and First 5 Sonoma County.
Grant awards range between $2500-$8000. The amount of funding for individual child care providers and businesses depends on the size and type of child care.
USE OF GRANT FUNDS
Grant funds may be used in whatever way will most support the sustainability of the applicant child care business, including, but not limited to the following purposes:
a) Costs to maintain a safe environment for children with appropriate disinfectant and cleaning supplies, janitorial needs and safety measures to ensure they are following latest CDC, Community Care Licensing and local guidelines to mitigate COVID-19
b) Operating costs including payroll, rent/mortgage, insurance, utilities and other operating expenses
c) Cost of high-speed internet or wireless hotspots to increase bandwidth to support multiple distance learners
d) Cost of equipment and furniture to create developmentally appropriate environments for successful distance learning
e) Cost to develop outdoor environments (outdoor sinks, shady spaces, etc.)
ELIGIBILITY & PRIORITIZATION
Grants will be disbursed to child care providers and programs operators based on site-specific criteria that meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
a) Site or provider that cares for children between the ages of birth through 12 years old
b) Private Childcare Center
c) Large and Small Family Childcare Home
d) License-Exempt Setting: Family, Friend, & Neighbor (FFN) or Parent Cooperative Care that is registered with a Sonoma County Resources & Referral Agency (4Cs, River to Coast Children’s Services)
e) Center-based Childcare or Preschool program that does not directly contract with the California Department of Education (CSPP, Title V, etc.). Childcare for the purpose of this funding opportunity means children are physically in the care of the provider.
f) Head Start, and sites fully funded with state or federal contracts are not eligible.
g) Providers who were awarded the Child Care Resiliency Fund Grant previously are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to first time applicants.
- Applications will be received between January 29, 2021 – February 28, 2021.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
- Applicants must provide a copy of their W-9
Bilingual technical assistance to complete the application will be made available through First 5, 4Cs, and River to Coast Children’s Center.
Applications will be reviewed by March 5, 2021 for compliance with the eligibility criteria, and assessed according to priorities and available funding. First 5 Sonoma County will disburse the second round of funding by March 31, 2021.
Download IRS form W-9 (PDF)