City of Los Angeles

COVID-19 Child Care
Provider Grant Program

Grant funding for licensed family child care homes affected by COVID-19 in the City of L.A.

Applications for the 2021 grant program were received from December 13, 2021 to December 20, 2021.

A webinar for potential applicants was held on Monday, December 13, 2021. Click on the links for the recording: English and Spanish.

This grant program is administered by the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), the City’s BusinessSource Centers, and multiple local early care and education agencies.

Partner agencies include Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), Children’s Home Society of California, Connections for Children, Crystal Stairs, Inc., Drew Child Development Corporation, International Institute of Los Angeles, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Options for Learning, Pathways LA, and Service Employees International Union – Local 99.

About the Program

COVID-19 has exacerbated unprecedented challenges to child care providers and parents seeking quality child care options in Los Angeles. Already struggling to receive adequate funding and keep pace with demand before the crisis, Los Angeles’ child care programs have been struggling to continue services as operational costs surge and sources of funding decline.

In response, City of Los Angeles Council President Nury Martinez championed the creation of the COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant Program to provide relief to licensed Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers.

The first round of grants was released in 2020 to Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers. Click here for the report.

The second round of grants will be released in early 2022 to Family Child Care Homes. Applications for this round of grants were accepted from December 13 to December 20, 2021.

Grant Amounts

Family Child Care Homes – up to $10,000

Who was Eligible to Apply?

Applicantion requirements:
  • Licensed Child Care operators in the City of Los Angeles that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who have endured a hardship and a reduction in revenue.
  • Child Care facilities in good standing with the California Department of Social Services – Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD).
  • Microenterprise businesses with five or less employees that create jobs or provide services in low-to-moderate income areas
  • Gross annual revenue not to exceed $1 million.
  • Child Care Centers
How must the funds be used?

Grant funds may be used for the following:

  • Employee payroll, including sick time payroll
  • Rent, utilities, and insurance
  • Working capital to continue operations
  • Payment of outstanding business expenses incurred after 3/01/2020
  • Adaptive business practices & health/safety equipment or materials needed to remain open
Frequently Asked Questions

For commonly asked questions, please review our FAQ (English) and FAQ (Spanish)

How do I apply?

Applications were received from December 13 to December 20, 2021.

Applications were available for family child care homeowners in English and Spanish. The application portal is now closed.

Application Tutorial Videos



Contact Us

For questions about this grant program, email laecefund@liifund.org or call 415-949-1412.

The City of LA’s BusinessSource Centers are designated technical assistance providers. For help filling out your application, please contact:

East Los Angeles
3530 East 3rd Place
Los Angeles 90063
English, Spanish

North Valley
13269 Van Nuys Boulevard
Pacoima 91331
English, Spanish

222 West 6th Street, #320
San Pedro 90731
English, Spanish

South Valley
8248 Van Nuys Boulevard
Panorama City 91402
English, Spanish

4311 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles 90029
English, Spanish

West Valley
18645 Sherman Way, Suite 114
Reseda 91335
English, Spanish, Russian, Armenian

“This program provides crucial financial support for home-based and center-based child care programs in the city. The early care and education sector, made up primarily of women of color, has been hard hit by the pandemic and recession. These small businesses need financial support in order to survive and for the local economy to recover.”

– Angie Garling, National Director, Early Care and Education Programs
Low Income Investment Fund

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