FSSA's Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning is offering an opportunity to apply for temporary grants for assistance to impacted providers during periods of excessive absence of PRIVATE PAY children and closures due to COVID-19. This grant does NOT provide assistance to providers for CCDF/ On My Way Pre-K funded children. Grants are awarded to providers for the purpose of continuing to regularly pay child care staff for the time period of the grant award. Submitting an application is NOT a guarantee of funding. 

For purposes of this grant, child care rates will have reimbursement caps determined by Indiana averages. These caps are listed on the budget form below. Total grant awards will be capped at $5,000 for facilities which have been closed during the grant period of 05/18/20 - 05/31/20, and at $20,000 for facilities which have remained open during the grant period of 05/18/20 - 05/31/20.

Important Note: Starting the NEXT grant cycle (06/01 - 06/14) providers are expected to have a plan for re-opening. Providers who are not open (with children present) by June 14th will not be eligible to receive this grant. 

With the support of Lilly Endowment Inc., Early Learning Indiana is proud to present the Come Back Stronger Fund, a $15 million fund designed to reinforce Indiana’s supply of high-quality early learning opportunities and support providers across the state who are committed to serving vulnerable family populations.

Licensed and registered centers, ministries and family child care home providers in Indiana serving children from households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible to apply. Providers must serve children ages 0-5 and be a Paths to QUALITY™ level 3 or 4 provider or a Paths to QUALITY™ Level 2 with a recently demonstrated commitment to achieving a higher level of program quality. Commitments to achieving a higher level of quality are defined by the organization’s response to the Indiana Self-Assessment Tool (I-SAT) and completion of related prerequisite training(s).

Grant amounts of up to $40,000 will be tiered based on the number of children served, with an additional sum available to providers with 25% or more of their enrolled children receiving federal Child Care and Development Fund or On My Way Pre-K assistance from the state of Indiana.

Come Back Stronger Fund grants will help offset new expenses incurred by providers to safely operate and continue delivering high-quality early learning experiences because of the pandemic. Eligible organizations may request supports across the following categories:

  • Equipment, supplies and materials
  • Staffing
  • Physical environments
  • Professional services
  • Replacement supply

For full eligibility criteria, further details on approved uses of funding and additional information, visit the fund website at earlylearningindiana.org/comebackstronger. Applicants who need assistance with their submission should email stronger@earlylearningindiana.org to request support.

Early Learning Indiana