The Family Child Care Provider Direct Grant Program

Effective July 1, 2021 The Office of Child Care - Workforce Advancement Branch is no longer accepting applications for the Family Child Care Provider Direct Grant Fund Program due to limited funding.  New grant opportunities in SFY 2022 will be available soon to support quality improvements and start up and sustainability for family child care and center-based programs. More information will be available on our website.

The Family Child Care Provider Direct Grant Fund 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. 

 Family Size               60% of SMI

 1 Individual                  $  34,332

 2 Individuals                $  44,896

 3 Individuals                $  55,459

 4 Individuals                $  66,023

 5 Individuals                $  76,587

 6 Individuals                $  87,150

 7 Individuals                $  89,131

 8 Individuals                $  91,112

 9 Individuals                $  93,092

10 Individuals*             $  95,073

*For each additional family member above 10 individuals, add $1,981 to the 60% of SMI figure shown for a family of 10.

The Provider Direct Grant Fund 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 Direct Grant Fund Program reimburses up to $1000 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. (Updated 7/3/2020)

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 Direct Grant Fund Program, please email

Grants will be awarded quarterly, as long as the funding is available. Applications received after the quarterly deadline will not be processed and will be returned.

Submission Dates/Deadlines

  • July 1-31
  • October 1-31
  • January 1-31
  • April 1-30


first quarter application process cycle     second quarter application process

third quarter application process     fourth quarter application process

Submit completed applications to Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Application envelope Application & Program Guide