2021 Child Care Stability Grant

2021 American Rescue Protection Act (ARPA) Child Care Stability Grantee Information Session

This video provides useful information about next steps and compliance requirements for child care providers who received a 2021 ARPA Child Care Stability Grant. The PowerPoint presentation reviewed during the session can be viewed here.

Recognizing the pivotal role child care centers play in Baltimore City’s economy and the ongoing needs they are experiencing even as we enter a new stage of recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, Family League – in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs – administered a second round of the Child Care Stability Fund. The program was established to supplement child care centers that, in many instances, already operate on thin profit margins and struggle to provide quality services given the requirement to maintain a safe environment and appropriately sized workforce for the safety of the children in their care during this global pandemic.

Grant funding was available to child care providers located in Baltimore City of up to $30,000 for licensed child care centers and up to $10,000 for registered family child care homes to support costs including virtual learning expenses, personal protection equipment (PPE), payroll, supplies, rent, fixed debt payments, and other business-critical cash operating costs.

Note: Only complete applications were accepted for review and failure to submit a complete application, including a copy of your current Maryland State Department of Education license, resulted in your application being declined. Additionally, in order to proceed with the application process, interested child care providers had to attest that they were a Baltimore City-based child care provider, that they could provide proof of income (i.e. copy of your personal or business tax return for 2019 or 2020, or audited financial statements for 2019 or 2020), AND they had 20 employees or less.


Family League of Baltimore has partnered with Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs to administer this second round of grant funding to help provide additional economic stability to child care centers that already often operate on thin profit margins and were financially injured by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Through this fund, child care providers may receive a grant up to $30,000 for licensed child care centers and up to $10,000 for registered family child care homes to support costs including virtual learning expenses, the purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE), payroll, supplies, rent, fixed debt payments, and other business-critical cash operating costs.

Applicants will need to complete the online application, providing a copy of their Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) license; evidence of good standing with the State of Maryland, where applicable; and complete and submit an American Rescue Plan Act Budget Template (click one to download: Excel spreadsheet or fillable PDF) detailing proposed funds use. To qualify for funds:

Providers must attest that:
  • They are a Baltimore City-based child care provider;
  • They can provide proof of income; and
  • They have 20 employees or less.
Child care must meet Maryland State Department of Education licensing and registration requirement for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care. License or registration documentation is required. According to the Maryland State Department of Education the types of child care are defined as:
  • Family Child Care – You may provide care for up to 8 children in your home
  • Large Family Child Care – You may care for up to 12 children in your home
  • Child Care Center – You may provide care in a facility outside of your home that is zoned to be used as a childcare center.  The number of children you serve is dependent upon the square footage of the building.
Childcare must complete a simple budget template detailing the intended use of funds.



In anticipation of questions regarding these funds, the following Key Points have been listed. This list will be updated as Family League receives additional information.
Can I start the application and then save and come back to it? 

No. Applicants are encouraged to be prepared to complete the application and upload the required documentation in one sitting. The application is designed to be user-friendly and to require less than an hour to complete. Additionally, you are encouraged to gather all documents in advance. You can also complete this sample application to confirm all of your answers.

Is this grant first come, first served? 

Yes, funds will be distributed until the full amount of available funding is expended. 

How long do I have to apply? What is the deadline for the application? 

The application period for the Child Care COVID-19 Stability Fund is November 15, 2021 to December 17, 2021.  

Will all who apply be awarded? 

As long as funds are available and all the requirements are met, applicants will be awarded. 

How are disbursement amounts determined? 

Grant award amounts are determined by the type of facility, the capacity of the center and budget submitted with your application:

  • Child Care Centers serving 1-50 children are eligible for up to $10,000
  • Child Care Centers serving 51-99 children are eligible for up to $20,000
  • Child Care Centers serving 100+ children are eligible for up to $30,000
Will Child Care Providers be required to repay funds? 

No, these are grants made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which was enacted to provide immediate assistance to individuals, families, and businesses affected by the COVID–19 emergency.

Is this grant considered taxable income? 

No, this grant is not considered taxable income. 

What are eligible expenses for use of these grant funds? What expenses can I include on my budget form? 

Grant funds can support costs including virtual learning expenses, personal protection equipment (PPE), payroll, gas/electricity, internet, Covid-19 cleaning supplies, rent, professional services (i.e. accounting, sanitization, janitorial), job training up to 6 months (i.e. CPR, child safety) and other business-critical cash operating costs that are necessary as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

What are ineligible expenses? 

Grant funds cannot support costs such as building repairs and upgrades, loan payments, car payments, and car insurance payments.

Can this funding be used to reimburse costs that have already been incurred due to the pandemic? 

Yes. Expenses must be incurred from March 4th, 2021 to December 30th, 2022.  

What is the “certificate of good standing”? What does it mean to have good standing with the state of Maryland? 

A certificate of good standing can be obtained here. Having a “good standing,” means that all documents and fees required by law to be submitted to the Department have been received and that no other government agency has notified the Department that the entity is delinquent in tax payments. If you do not have a certificate of good standing, by completing this application you are certifying that your child care business is currently in good standing with the state of Maryland.

How do I know my application has been received? 

Once you press “submit” on your application, you will receive a submission confirmation notification on that page along with a copy of your responses to the application. Additionally, you will receive an emailed copy of your application. Once you receive an emailed copy of your application, we have also received it. If you cannot find the email in your inbox, please be sure to check your Spam, Junk and Other folders.     

How do I know if there were any problems with my submission? 

Applications are being reviewed by a single source review process. If there are any questions about your application or your uploaded documents, you will be contacted directly within 48 hours of your submission.

Where do I find the budget template? 

The budget template is provided at the top of the application as an Excel spreadsheet and a fillable PDF where it says …
Your completed ARPA Fund Budget Template (Download as an Excel spreadsheet, click here. To complete and then save a fillable PDF, click here.)

I cannot upload my file. What do I do? 

In order to upload and attach your files to the application they must be submitted as follows:  

– Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) license and Certificate of Good Standing must be saved as .pdf, .jpg, or .png files

–The budget file must be saved and submitted as an Excel, .jpg or .pdf file in order to upload.  

What is the turnaround time for response? 

Applications are being reviewed by a single-source review process. Applicants will be notified, and funds are expected to be disbursed by Christmas.  

I submitted application and need to make a change or to amended/updated my budget, what do I do? 

If you need to make a change to your application, please email your requested changes and/or you updated budget from to stabilizechildcare@familyleague.org. 

What happens once the grant is over?  

Specific requirements will be included in your award notification. A final budget report will be required as well as a 6-month and 12-month survey to complete. It is strongly suggested that you save all receipts related to spending your grant funds.

If I cannot demonstrate via receipts that all funds have been spent by December 30, 2022, do I have to return the unspent funds?  

Expenses must be incurred by December 30, 2022. All funds not spent by December 30, 2022 need to be returned to Family League.