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Child Care Closure Grants

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  • Time period: Through the end of 2021
  • Eligibility: Programs must be CCDF eligible and have faced closure due to a positive COVID-19
  • Description: Child Care Closure Grants provide support to programs facing temporary closure of a classroom or facility due to a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Click HERE to apply for a Child Care Closure Grant

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    Providers must be eligible to receive CCDF and be a licensed center, family child care home, unlicensed registered ministry or legally licensed-exempt provider. Schools (public or private) and Head Start/Early Head Start grantees in the state of Indiana are not eligible.

  • How can I apply
  • What documentation is required for grant approval?

    If the program closure is due to a staff member testing positive, provide documentation of the confirmed positive test with the staff member’s name, date, and results on the form. All staff must have approved consent forms/background checks to work on file with OECOSL. If the program closure is due to a child testing positive, submit the name of the child, along with attendance sheets showing the child’s last date of attendance.

  • How much funding can I receive?

    The sum of total grants awarded across all programs per closure period is capped at $40,000

  • What is the deadline for application?

    Grant award windows run through the end of 2021 or until funds are no longer needed. View the grant application windows at

  • Who should I contact if I missed the grant application period?

    If you’ve missed the grant application window, contact Rene Withers at to request a review for an exception to apply

  • What can grant funds be used for?

    Grant funds are designed to help continue paying child care staff and maintaining operations for the time period of the required COVID-19 closure. The grant should cover the cost of lost revenue during closure from children who are funded through private pay/cash pay.

  • When will I be notified of award results?
  • if awarded, how soon will I receive funds?

    Grant awards take place on the bi-weekly CCDF happens one week after the application window closes. View dates at

  • If I've been award a grant previously but experience a new closure, am I eligible to apply again?

    Yes, programs may apply for one grant for each closure. If applying for subsequent grants, a program that has not previously received funding may be given priority.

  • Are programs required to report on how funds are used?

    No, programs are not required to report their use of grant funds, however, you should keep documentation about your program’s use of the funds to provide in the event of an audit.

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