Funding & Grants

PPE Available at No Cost* for Child Care Providers in Illinois

IDHS, INCCRRA and the CCR&R System are providing limited cleaning and PPE supplies to child care providers across Illinois. *These supplies can be ordered at no cost; however, providers will need to pay shipping by credit/ debit card. You must be a child care provider providing care in Illinois or getting ready to reopen in phase 3 or 4 of Restore Illinois. This is available to licensed centers, license-exempt centers, licensed home/group homes and license-exempt homes. Child care programs that received a cleaning kit in June are not eligible to place an order until August. Visit the web store. Read the flyer.

Financial Supports and Other Funding Opportunities for Emergency Child Care Providers

We understand the numerous challenges you face during this time, both mentally and financially as you strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children of essential workers. We encourage you to explore the opportunities below, and check back often for updates.


NEW! Child Care Restoration Grants (07/01/2020)

The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly have directed at least $270 million of the state's Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support the economic health of child care providers as our economy reopens in the coming months. As part of CURE, the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program is specifically designed to support businesses who endure lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Visit the Child Care Restoration Grants web page for the most up-to-date information about the BIG Program, including Technical Assistance Webinars, application release dates, and answers to frequently asked questions.    

Child Care Restoration Grant Applications will be available the week of July 20 – 24, 2020.  

Technical Assistance Webinars will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020, in English and Spanish. Registration information will be shared soon.


Gov. Pritzker Announces $270 Million Grant Program for Child Care Providers: June 19 Survey Deadline
Take the “Intent to Apply” online survey

On June 10, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced a $270 million grant program for Illinois child care providers. The Child Care Restoration grant program will dedicate at least $270 million of the state's Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support the economic health of child care providers as the state's economy continues to reopen in the coming weeks and months. As part of CURE, the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program is specifically designed to support businesses who endure lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

As part of this initiative, the state has created an "Intent to Apply" online survey. The information gathered will help to inform the development of the grants program to be released in July 2020 and providers will receive their first installments later this summer. The opportunity to respond to the survey will close on June 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. All interested child care providers are encouraged to complete the survey. 


Answers to Child Care Providers’ Questions about COVID-19 Relief Funding
- Access Here

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development GOECD hosted a webinar that gave an overview of the current federal and state supports available to providers, including for-profit and non-profit, child care and preschool, center- and home-based, licensed and license-exempt. (4.6.20)

Illinois Small Business Emergency Grants and Loans Assistance - DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000. Businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply.  Successful applicants will owe nothing for six months and will then begin making fixed payments at a below market interest rate for the remainder of a five-year loan term. Starting Friday, March 27th, interested businesses will be able to express interest with the following form.

Small Business Administration (SBA) - Small Business Guidance and Loan Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) -  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for an emergency loan. This sample application shows what information will be needed to apply for emergency loans, and the application process can be reviewed on the U.S. Small Business Administration's website

No Kid Hungry Emergency Grant - This grant request is specifically for school districts and community organizations to submit an inquiry for grants to support nutrition programs in their communities.

FY21 Early Childhood Block Grant RFP - Deadline Extended until April 15, 2020 at 4 p.m.
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