Grover Beach offers grants to child care providers and families

GROVER BEACH, Calif. — The city of Grover Beach opened applications Monday for grants and scholarships for child care providers and families, according to city officials.

“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen families struggle to find adequate child care, which is fundamental to economic prosperity,” said Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee. “The council is very proud to be able to help Grover Beach families and home child care providers.”

The city is setting aside $50,000 of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COVID-19 relief funding for grants, and applications will remain open until funds are exhausted, according to Deputy City Manager Kristin Eriksson.

The funding will provide individual scholarships to support childcare payments for city residents for up to three months, Erikkson said, adding that the monthly amount may vary depending on need and the duration of assistance. .

Scholarships and grants can be used to pay for out-of-town child care as long as the recipient is a Grover Beach resident, according to Erikkson.

Additionally, home child care providers and small public child care providers can apply for up to $15,000 in funding that can be used for operating expenses, program expansion or child care capacity expansion. child care, renovation of child care space and technology upgrades.

Federal ARPA funding guidelines require recipients to experience the effects of the pandemic, which may include loss of income for a business, loss of wages, or loss of child care options.

To be eligible for funding, applicants will need to provide details of the impact of the pandemic on their finances.

The South County Chambers of Commerce will host the program in partnership with the city.

Click here to apply for child care grants or bursaries.

Any questions, email info@southcountychambers.com or call 805-489-1488.