Resource Details

Business, Child Care, Start-Up & Entrepreneur

Dream Up! Grant Program

The Dream Up! Child Care Supply-Building Grant Program is kicking off a third cohort of competitive applications with additional funding of $2.5 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Originally, the Preschool Development Grant provided $7.9 million in funding for the Dream Up! grant program for Cohorts 1 & 2. Through this program, awarded communities receive strategic planning support and $75,000 in grant funding. Additional $5,000 stipends will be allocated to participating child care providers who submit updated business plans during the strategic planning process. Through a collaborative community approach, teams of community stakeholders, will work to evaluate, plan, sustain, and expand existing child care, and support new child care programs.

Eligibility

Communities eligible to apply include:

Native & indigenous communities
Neighborhoods with defined boundaries in urban areas
Rural areas no bigger than a county
Suburban/exurban community
An area like a zip code, school district, or 4 small cities who join together

Teams may include:

Local business leaders​
Community and civic organizations​
Economic development programs​
Child care programs​
School districts​
Local government​
City or county administrations​
Parent groups

Top Benefits

  • Awarded communities receive strategic planning support and $75,000 in grant funding
  • Additional $5,000 stipends will be allocated to participating child care providers who submit updated business plans during the strategic planning process

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