American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Child Care Stabilization Fund Grant

Child Care Stabilization Fund Grant Round 1

How to Spend Stabilization Grant Funds & Show ExpensesTracking expenses and saving receipts

Applicants certified to comply with the certifications during the application process and once they have received the funding and throughout the grant term. 

Information on each category in the application with a definition of the category and how to show expenses.

Tracking expenses and saving receiptsThis tracking tool, created by First Children's Finance, is designed to be adapted by providers to meet their needs. It lists all possible categories of expenditures and provides a tool for tracking expenditures for a 12-month period.

What is the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Child Care Stabilization Fund?

The Biden Administration released of $39 billion of American Rescue Plan funds to states, territories, and tribes to address the child care crisis caused by COVID-19. These funds will help early childhood educators and family child care providers keep their doors open. These providers have been on the frontlines caring for the children of essential workers and support parents, especially mothers, who want to get back to work. These funds are a critical step to pave the way for a strong economic recovery and a more equitable future.

Learn more about the ARP Child Care Stabilization Act and Fund.


This is not a competitive grant. Eligible programs will receive the grant by completing the grant application process.

To be eligible, your program has to be licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) before March 11, 2021 and have one of the following:

  • License,
  • Certificate of Registration, or
  • Letter of Compliance

Examples of these documents and where the information needed to complete the application is located on each document, please see the Document Upload tab below.

In addition, your program must also be either:

  • Open currently and serving children with a Verification of Reopening on file with the Office of Child Care
  • Reopening and serving children by September 7, 2021
If you are unsure if you are eligible, complete the Grant Eligibility Checklist.

Grant Period:

September 6, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Grant Amount:

$15,000 base award and $500 per licensed slotWorksheet Translations are available below

Application Process:

  • Review and complete the grant worksheet
  • Watch the demo video or technical assistance session recording 
  • Complete the online application by 4:00 p.m. on August 6, 2021

If you need assistance with completing your grant application, contact or visit your Child Care Resource Center.

How ARP Act Grant funds can be used:

  1. Personnel costs—including payroll and salaries or similar compensation for an employee (including any sole proprietor or independent contractor)—employee benefits, premium pay, or costs for employee recruitment and retention
  2. Rent (including rent under a lease agreement) or payment on any mortgage obligation, utilities, facility maintenance or improvements, or insurance
  3. Personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitization supplies and services, or training and professional development related to health and safety practices
  4. Purchases of or updates to equipment and supplies to respond to the COVID–19 public health emergency
  5. Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume child care services
  6. Mental health supports for children and employees

Quick FAQs:

Can this application be completed on a cell phone or tablet? Yes, the application can be completed on a mobile device.

Do I have to repay the grant? Stabilization Grants DO NOT have to be repaid as long as you meet all of the required certifications listed on the grant application.

I have multiple locations; do I need to complete an application for each location? Yes, an application must be completed for each location. Each open and operating location is eligible for a grant. If the program has a license number, you will need to submit a separate and complete application for each program.

How do I know if my application was submitted and received? There is a list of “Received Applications” at the bottom of the ARP grant webpage. Search for your License Number on the list the day after you submitted your application. If your number is on the list your application has been received by MSDE. If your number is not on the list, you will need to complete the application again. Your application was not received. Complete the application again.

Open the list of Received Applications. It is a PDF. Press the "Ctrl” and “F" keys at the same time and a box will open in the upper right hand corner of the list. Enter the program name on your application or license number in the search box.

How do I get a picture of my license? There are several ways and how you do it is based on the type of phone or computer you are trying to use. Here are several options for taking a picture to upload to your application. 

Worksheet          Child Care Stabilization Grant Application                 W-9 Form        Direct Deposit Form                

Verification of Reopening Form      ARP Grant Application Change Form                      Incomplete applications for Stabilization Grant

Translated Worksheets

Select the language for a copy of the translated worksheet. Use the worksheet as a reference to complete the grant application. All grant applications must be submitted online and in English.

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Translated FAQs

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