Larimer County Childcare Fund
THE LARIMER COUNTY CHILDCARE FUND was established to increase the number of families making low-to-moderate incomes who can access high quality care by closing the gap between a family's ability to pay and the amount charged by a provider. In addition to scholarship funds, nonprofit providers can apply for general operating support to partially reimburse child care programs for additional costs incurred as a result of COVID-19, as we recognize that remaining open to support families required many adjustments and investments. With approximately $500,000 in total funding, including $300,000 of Coronavirus Relief Funds (CVRF) approved for distribution by Larimer County, the fund will provide financial assistance through scholarships and general operating support to eligible applicants. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded. Funds will be awarded to providers on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the application portal will close on December 11th, at 11:59 PM to give us enough time to process requests before the holiday break. CRVF funds must be expended by providers by December 30, 2020 and must be tied to COVID-19 impacts.
- Must be a licensed childcare provider in Larimer County if serving children ages 0-5
- Must be a licensed childcare provider, Neighborhood Youth Organization, or nonprofit community organization if serving children ages 6-12.
- All needs must be tied directly to COVID. Funds must be utilized to support scholarships for low-income families attending your program who have been impacted by COVID, and/or (if you are a nonprofit provider) to support capital/supply purchases related to COVID-19 requirements, past due accounts for families who meet income guidelines, and additional personnel costs related to ratio requirements during the pandemic between the dates of August 1st, 2020 - December 30th, 2020.
- Proposals requesting scholarship funds for low-income families will receive priority. If your organization doesn't primarily serve low-income families, it is highly encouraged that at least 1/3 of your request is designated to support families with financial assistance.
- To ensure funds are distributed equitably and reach those most impacted by COVID, providers are eligible to request up to a maximum amount dependent on the population they serve. To determine the maximum amount you are eligible to apply for, please use this table:
Maximum Request Amount Per Site/Building/Program
|10 children or less in your care||10 + children in your care|
|Fixed Request Amount||$3,500||$5,000|
|Bonus: If 50% - 74% of the children in your care qualify for the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP), Early Head Start, Free or Reduced Lunch, a sliding scale fee schedule, or any other income eligibility, you can request the allowable bonus amount listed here||+$1,500||+$2,000|
|Bonus: If 75% or more of the children in your care qualify for the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP), Early Head Start, Free or Reduced Lunch, a sliding scale fee schedule, or any other income eligibility, you can request the allowable bonus amount listed here||+$2,000||+$2,500|
FOR PROVIDERS APPLYING FOR COVID-RELATED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILIES:
To request financial assistance on behalf of families, providers must ensure that the parents/guardians of the child meet all of the following criteria:
- They must live in Larimer County and have children ages 0-5 (not eligible for K-12 education due to age); they must be an essential employee during the COVID-19 response, OR they are actively looking for employment due to COVID-19 impacts to their previous work;
- They must live in Larimer County and have children ages 6-12 and they must have been impacted by the absence of in-person school during working hours;
- Their household income must be less than the most recently published self-sufficiency wage for Larimer County (2020 Self-Sufficiency Standards by County).
Families or providers will be expected to sign a Letter of Attestation verifying that families meet these criteria to receive funding.
In-home family providers must apply directly through the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County's Scholarship Fund here.
Single parents who are interested in a childcare scholarship to pursue vocational education or higher education should apply to the United Way WomenGive Scholarship Program here.
DOCUMENTS TO SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION
- W9 (for all organization types)
- 501c3 Determination Letter (for nonprofits)
- Colorado License (for licensed providers)
- Letter of Attestation for either families or providers (to sign on behalf of families) verifying eligibility requirements
- Request Budget - please use this template
- Proof of payment for past expenses detailed in budget (cancelled checks or original receipts). For payroll expenses, please submit a signed statement with the numbers needed from your payroll report. Make sure to retain a copy of this payroll report and keep on file with your application in case you are audited in the future.
We will review applications weekly and notify applicants of their status within two weeks of submission. Scholarships and general operating support requests will be prioritized to support agencies and families most affected by COVID-19.
IF AWARDED FUNDS
- If awarded funds, providers must submit Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) information upon award and be able to accept EFT payments. No checks will be mailed. A funding contract must be signed in order to receive funds.
- All providers who are awarded funds must submit a report outlining the use and impact (outcomes) of funds. A template of required reporting information will be provided during the award process. Applicants may be asked to report on the following data points:
- Household income
- Race/ethnicity of child receiving care
- Age of child receiving care
- Short answer questions on ability for child to stay in care, receive support
- Short answer questions on ability to seek/maintain employment
- Household average # of hours worked weekly
- Parent/guardian employer(s) with address
- Parent/guardian address
- Scholarship payments are made AFTER services are rendered. No advance payments will be processed. Invoices may be submitted monthly; a template will be provided with due dates and payment dates.
- Funds must be expended by December 30, 2020