Grant Application

CMCA Grant Guidelines & Application

CMCA 2nd-ROUND GRANT FUNDING

APPLICATION GUIDELINES & INSTRUCTIONS

 

ELIGIBILITY:

A second round of grant funding is available to existing childcare providers located in Fergus, Judith Basin, or Petroleum Counties who have fulfilled requirements from grants awarded in 2023. Those programs receiving second-round funding must be licensed with the State of MT.

 

PURPOSE OF FUNDS:

Funding requests must be used to improve the quality of programming and/or increase the licensed capacity of childcare providers in Central Montana. The primary goal of this funding is to increase access for underserved populations, and open new or expanded services for infants, toddlers, and children ages 0-5 from vulnerable populations.

 

PRIORITY:

Grant funds will be offered for existing childcare programs to improve the quality of programming. Applicants will develop a quality improvement goal and submit a project plan informed by the results received from your most recent MT STARS to Quality assessment.

Providers must schedule a meeting with our Education Director, Charrisse Jennings, to develop the quality improvement goal and plan before submission. Meetings must be held before February 9th, 2024.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

A grant application form can be found online on our website at www.mtchildcarealliance.org.

 

 

APPLICATION TIMEFRAME:

The grant application for second-round funding is available beginning on January 15, 2024.

Project planning consultations are available for scheduling with Education Director Charrisse Jennings from January 15-February 9, 2024. Applicants can email Charrisse Jennings to schedule at educationdirector.cmca@gmail.com.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23RD, 2024 to be considered for round-two funding. No late applications will be accepted.

 

AMOUNT OF FUNDING AVAILABLE:

CMCA will consider requests for second-round funding up to $3,000 per provider number (PV#). Please note, CMCA must purchase all items directly. Please provide detailed hyperlinks and descriptions of items requested in your attached budget (email budget to mtchildcarealliance@gmail.com).

Funding must be spent, training requirements must be fulfilled, and all projects completed in their entirety by June 30, 2024.

 

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

To fulfill the training requirements associated with these grant funds, applicants are required to participate in the Spring Mini-Conference on Saturday, April 13th, 2024, in Lewistown, MT. This will be the only training required for those receiving a second round of funding.

Funding priority and higher grant award amounts will be given to providers who register 50% or more of their program staff and/or board of directors by Friday, February 23rd, 2024 (registration link coming soon).

 

RESTRICTIONS:

Please note that only minor building improvements can be made. If requesting funds in this category, please contact CMCA to discuss funding limitations and how that may affect your proposed project.

Funding may not be used to pay for food or personnel expenses.

 

INFORMATION:

After reviewing the application, if you have any questions or need assistance filling out the form, please contact:

·       Jennifer Pfau, CMCA Director, at mtchildcarealliance@gmail.com or 406-366-4777.

·       Charrisse Jennings, CMCA Education Director, at educationdirector.cmca@gmail.com or 406-366-9679.

PO Box 947 ▪ Lewistown, MT 59457

406-366-4777 ▪ www.mtchildcarealliance.org


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