Quality Improvement Child Care Grant

Grant Title: Quality Improvement Grant Child Care Centers
Funding Source: Child Care and Development Funding (CCDF)
Maximum Award Amount: $30,000
Expected Number of Awards: 50
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,500,000.00
Application Deadline: March 25, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.
Program Start Date: May 1, 2015
Program End Date: November 30, 2015
Contact Information: Colleen Fitzgerald 


The Department of Workforce Services, Office of Child Care (OCC) is offering grants to help child care centers enhance the quality of care and early education. This year’s grants will be offered to child care centers with the greatest need. Need is defined as serving a significant number of children who receive child care subsidy and having received no more than one Quality Environment Grant in the past. The grants are non-competitive but applications must meet the minimum requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

This non-competitive grant is offered by invitation only to centers that meet strict guidelines based on the number of past grants received and the percentage of enrolled children receiving child care subsidy funds.

Child Care Centers must hold a current Child Care Center license from the Utah Department of Health, Child Care Licensing and provide full-time child care on a daily basis, year around. Centers must be in good financial health and plan to stay open for at least three years. Centers that may not apply include:

  • Centers that are currently suspended from grant eligibility due to failure to perform under the terms and conditions of a prior grant administered by the Office of Child Care.
  • Centers that are disqualified from receiving child care subsidy or any other funds from the Department of Workforce Services.
  • Centers that currently hold a conditional license.
  • Centers that are not current on Unemployment Insurance reports and tax contributions.
  • Centers that hold an Hourly Child Care Center license.
  • Head Start programs or other programs that are eligible for federal quality improvement funds through other grants and/or agencies.  


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