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Grant application available for Richmond childcare, facilitated learning providers

Child care needs could pose a challenge as state reopens
Posted at 4:40 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 16:40:55-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Neighborhood and community organizations from across Richmond can apply for a grant from the city beginning on Friday to continue or expand capacity for emergency childcare and facilitated learning centers.

On Wednesday, September 16, Mayor Stoney announced that he would reserve $1 million in CARES Act funding to support childcare providers from around the city. Providers will be able to use the funds to continue to provide care more safely or expand the number of slots available in their programs.

“These neighborhood-based organizations are trusted voices in the community with a track record of caring for our kids,” said Mayor Stoney. “This funding should allow them to continue and expand that care now that working caregivers need it more than ever.

Applicants are asked to provide various materials to ensure that programs have a plan to keep children safe and secure. This includes liability insurance, VDSS approval and a COVID-19 policy and procedure manual, among other documentation.

“Our first priority is the safety and security of the children in care,” said Mayor Stoney. “It is incumbent on the city to provide safeguards to this effect.”

The application background information and materials are available on RVAStrong here.