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Posted on: January 5, 2022

City of Portland Announces New Child Care Business Grants

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The City of Portland launches a new child care grant program today with the help of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The primary objective of the new program, Portland Growing Child Care Grant Program (PGCC), is to increase the number of child care slots available in the city, with emphasis on helping startup new home-based child care businesses.

New home-based child care businesses could receive up to $15,500 in grants to help them with startup costs. Existing child care businesses –including home-based providers, centers that serve less than 50 children, and out of school providers (before and after school) –are eligible to apply for up to $11,000 in grants to help sustain and grow their businesses.  

This program was created in response to an increasing need for accessible, high quality, and affordable child care in Portland, as well as to meet a critical need for expanding childcare options. Focusing attention on the childcare system can also provide increased opportunity for quality jobs and entrepreneurship, therefore extending the economic impact throughout the community. 

Find the application and learn more about the Portland Growing Child Care Program at portlandmaine.gov/BusinessFinancing

Please direct any questions to: Kaela Gonzalez, City of Portland American Rescue Plan Program Coordinator, kgonzalez@portlandmaine.gov, 207-756-8233.

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