What Grants Are Available to Help Start a Day Care?

The Community Development Block Grant, the Child Care Development Block Grant and the Community Facilities Grant Program are grants available to help start a day care. These grants provide day care providers and low-income parents with financial assistance.

As of 2015, the Community Development Block Grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The award amounts are based on population and poverty levels. It provides funds for projects, including building, acquiring or renovating neighborhood centers, non-residential buildings and day care centers.

The Child Care Development Block Grant is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, as of 2015. These grants are awarded to state and local government agencies and non-profit organizations to assist low-income families paying for day care. The grants also help day care centers financially by helping them pay for modifications to meet health and safety standards.

The Communities and Facilities Grant Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and it awards grants to rural areas. These grants pay for expansion, construction and renovation of important facilities used for health care, community, public safety and day care centers. AS of 2015, the grants cover about 75 percent of the costs.