Child care centers licensed by the NJ Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) as of June 4, 2021 are eligible to apply for facility improvement grants. Child care providers may own or lease the space where the facility improvement will occur. Landlords are not eligible to apply.
Applicants are limited to two applications per Employer Identification Number (EIN). Applicants operating from multiple locations under a sole EIN must submit separate applications for each NJDCF-licensed location, up to two locations.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Child care center licensed by NJDCF as of June 4, 2021*
- Applicants must currently enroll, or have enrolled in the 12 months prior to the date of application, at least one (1) child receiving support through New Jersey Department of Human Services (NJDHS) Child Care Assistance Program
- Applicants may be for-profit businesses or non-profit organizations
- Can own or lease space
- Applicants must be in good standing with the New Jersey Departments of Labor and Workforce Development, Environmental Protection, NJDCF, and NJDHS
- Applicant must not be debarred from receiving federal funds, as indicated through System for Award Management (SAM)
- Applicants are limited to one (1) application per DCF-licensed child care center location, and two (2) applications per Employer Identification (EIN).
- Applicants who are not currently enrolled in DHS’ Grow NJ Kids (GNJK) quality rating system must commit to enroll within one (1) year of executing a grant agreement with the EDA.
- Grantees must commit to maintaining their licensure with DCF to provide child care for four (4) years following execution of the grant agreement at the location of the facility improvement project.
* Home-based child care providers are not eligible for the first phase of the program. Funding for registered family child care homes will be available in subsequent program phases.
Facility improvement projects must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Total project costs between $50,000 and $200,000
- Labor and materials cost for interior and exterior facility improvements to create high quality early childhood learning environments. Please see the full list of eligible facility improvement projects here.
- Soft costs are capped at up to 20% of total grant and are limited to: architect fees, permit fees, construction management, freight and shipping delivery, environmental assessment
- Contractors conducting facility improvements must be a DOL Public Works Registered Contractor and abide by state prevailing wage and affirmative action requirements
- The Program will not provide reimbursement for costs already incurred prior to award