The Thurston Childcare Grant Program offers acute funding support to childcare providers attempting to reopen or remain open under Governor Inslee’s Safe Start program. While there is insufficient funding to mitigate the full economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hopeful that small grants may provide at least some measure of support as providers open and learn to operate under considerably different circumstances and requirements.
All Thurston County childcare providers meeting eligibility requirements will be considered. The Thurston Economic Development Council will administer the program on behalf of Thurston Strong partners. Funding support is provided by local jurisdictions (Thurston County, Cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater). For technical assistance, contact our Business Hotline at 888-821-6652.
PURPOSEExpedite the safe and successful reopening of childcare providers impacted by COVID-19.
Eligible entities must have a physical location in Thurston County and supply a childcare license number.
Businesses owned by an employee, manager, officer, or elected official of any of the participating jurisdictions, or the Thurston Economic Development Council are ineligible.
- Consumer and marketing cooperatives
- Dealers of rare coins and stamps
- Government-owned organizations
- Illegal firms
- Lending firms and loan packaging firms
- Multi-sales distribution
- Pyramid or multi-level marketing schemes
- Real estate investment firms
- Religious institutions
- Speculation-based businesses
ELIGIBLE AMOUNTGrant amounts will be issued based on provider size, ranging from $760 to $15,200 as shown below. These are one-time funds.
|Licensed capacity||Amount of Grant|
|6 to 8||$760|
|9 to 10||$950|
|11 to 12||$1,140|
|17 to 40||$3,800|
|41 to 60||$5,700|
|61 to 80||$7,600|
|81 to 100||$9,500|
|101 to 120||$11,400|
|141 to 160||$15,200|
- Rent or mortgage support
- Location cleaning
- Safety supplies
- Supply purchases
- Physical site reconfiguration
- Business licensing or other related reconfiguration fees or expenses
- Employee assistance (e.g. transportation, gear)
- Other (other uses may be considered if compelling)
*Funding may NOT be used for expenses that have been or will be reimbursed by other federal funding programs (e.g. Economic Disaster Injury Loan or Payroll Protection Program).
- Owner or employee wages
- Anything not associated with reopening or adapting a business that existed prior to March 1, 2020
None. But please be sure to let us know about any success stories so we can start sharing some good news with our broader community.
APPLICATION TIMELINEApplications received and reviewed on a rolling basis from inception until funding has been exhausted. Successful recipients will be notified by email or telephone as soon as possible. To complete an online application, visit: thurstonstrong.org/childcare-grant-application/.
The following table outlines the appeal process under different scenarios where a business has been selected for a funding award.
|Reason for Rejection||Appeal Process or Remedy|
|Declined due to business being of an ineligible type for SBA funding||Applicant may seek reconsideration by providing proof that business is engaged in an eligible type of business. Reconsideration to be made by EDC.|
|Declined due to incomplete submission of necessary documents||Applicant can seek reconsideration by providing required complete documents. If documents are not available, applicant may work with EDC to determine if alternative documents are available. Reconsideration to be made by EDC.|
|Declined due to EDC’s evaluation the grant request does not meet the grant criteria||Applicant may seek reconsideration by the EDC by providing proof that business does meet the grant criteria.|
|Declined due to lack of available grant funding||Applicant will be placed on a wait list pending the arrival of additional recovery funding (not guaranteed).|