On April 29, the Michigan Department of Education launched the Child Care Relief Fund program. The fund offers $100 million in relief funding grants for child care providers.

What is it?
The Child Care Relief Fund is a grant program that helps child care providers cover costs during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The goal of the program is to help child care providers stay in business and make child care more affordable for Michigan families. These grants are non-competitive and you can apply for funding right now. There will be additional funding available in May and June.

When can I apply?
Apply now by visiting
www.michigan.gov/childcare on your computer or mobile device. The application takes less than 10 minutes to complete!

Why are these grants available?
The federal government awarded Michigan $100 million to support child care providers during COVID-19. This grant aims to address some of the most common barriers and concerns raised by providers during the pandemic. When providers receive these funds, they can use them to cover the unexpected expenses they face due to the crisis. To help make care more affordable for families, child care providers will also be required to use a portion of the funds to cut costs for families. See the Michigan Department of Education’s
FAQ document for more details.

Where to get help:
The Michigan Department of Education is also offering two webinars to assist with applications. Please join on either Friday, May 1, 2020 or Monday, May 4, 2020 to learn more.