The Family Child Care Provider Grant Program exists to help registered family child care providers offset some of the costs of opening their child care programs. Eligibility is based upon certain income levels and family size. An applicant's annual income must not exceed 60% of Maryland's current State Median Income (SMI) for the applicant's family size. The Provider Grant Program is operated in accordance with regulations set forth at COMAR 13A.14.07. These regulations specify eligibility requirements, application procedures, and the method by which awards are made.
The Provider Grant Program reimburses up to $500 in expenses that a provider incurs to achieve or maintain compliance with family child care regulations. Reimbursement is made in the form of a grant award.
To receive an award, a provider must file a written application with the OCC Regional Licensing Office that issued the provider's registration certificate. Please note: All Provider Grant program application packets must include a Verification Form, which can only be completed and signed by a representative from the Regional Licensing Office. Otherwise, the application will be returned. Grant awards are made on a one-time basis. Examples of program expenses that are eligible for reimbursement include:
- Safety supplies
- Provider medical examination fees
- Criminal background check fees
- Small household repairs in approved child care areas
- Approved child care training course fees
- Most expenses related to local water, sewer, fire, and health requirements
- Most program materials and equipment
- Many other costs identified as necessary for completion of the registration process
To obtain additional information about the Provider Grant Program, please call the Regional Licensing Office in your area.