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 will open at 10AM December 13, 2021 and close 12 noon on December 20, 2021.

A webinar for potential applicants will be held on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 6pm. Click here to register.

This grant program is administered by the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Economic & 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. Only 32% of Los Angeles County’s child care centers and 73% of family child care homes are currently open, and many child care providers will be forced to close permanently without additional financial support according to a September report by the County’s Department of Public Health.

In response, City of Los Angeles Council President Nury Martinez championed the creation of the 2020 COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant Program to provide relief to licensed Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers.

Grant Amounts

Family Child Care Homes – up to $10,000

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Applicants must be:
  • Licensed Child Care operators in the City of Los Angeles that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who have endured a hardship or 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 low-income jobs or provide services in a low-to-moderate income area.
  • 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 restart or continue operations
  • Payment of outstanding business expenses
  • 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 will open at 10AM December 13, 2021 and close on 12 noon December 20, 2021.

Applications are available for family child care home owners in English and Spanish.

Click below to enter the application portal:

Application Tutorial Video

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 will provide 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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