Deadline Extended to August 7, 2020
Thank you for all of your ongoing hard work and dedication as COVID-19 continues to impact our community and economy. The application is now open for Whatcom County Licensed Child Care Grants to support economic recovery for childcare businesses impacted by COVID-19, and the deadline is August 7, 2020. It is quick turnaround so the funding can be distributed as soon as possible to aid businesses. You may reach out to your Child Care Aware representative or Early Achievers Coach for questions and support.
Access the grant information, FAQs, and application here: https://www.portofbellingham.com/936/Licensed-Childcare-Provider-Grants
You are eligible to apply for the childcare business assistance grant if your childcare business is:
- Licensed by the state of Washington
- Located in Whatcom County
- OPEN and actively serving at least one child on site as of July 31, 2020
*Licensed exempt childcare and programs serving children are not eligible for this grant program, but may be eligible for the general Business Assistance Grant
ELIGIBLE USES OF PROGRAM GRANT FUNDS
- Payment of rent or required monthly loan payments.
- Payments of regular wages, employee benefits and taxes; provided such expenses have not been and, to the best knowledge of the Recipient, will not be reimbursed under any federal, state or regional
- program, including any grant or loan programs such as EIDL or PPP.
- Expenditures involved in typical operating costs, including those set forth on an income statement as a regular, ongoing cost of operating the business.
- Typical draws or wages paid on a regular interval to the owner; provided such draws or wages are consistent with those paid to the owner in previous corresponding quarters, years or other appropriate time intervals.
- Expenses for compliance with COVID-19-related public health measures, including personal protective equipment and supplies, plexiglass barriers or other similar equipment and expenses reasonably necessary for the protection of public health and the health of Recipient owners and employees.
INELIGIBLE USES OF PROGRAM GRANT FUNDS
- Political campaign contributions or donations.
- Charitable contributions or gifts.
- Bonus payments to Recipient owners, officers or employees.
- Payment of wages to any member of the Recipient owner’s family who is not a bona fide employee.
- Draws or salary to Recipient owner that exceeds the amount paid over a corresponding interval, quarter, or year in 2019.
- Paydown or payoff of debt by more than the monthly amount required by the underlying debt instrument.
- Payroll and other employee- or business-associated costs for which the Recipient has received or
- expects to receive reimbursement from other federal, state or regional funds (e.g. Payroll
- Protection Program or unemployment insurance).
- Damages covered by insurance.
- Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services.
- Severance pay.
- Legal settlements.
- Any expenses not considered an eligible business expenses by the Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service.
All recipients will be required to complete a close-out interview with the Opportunity Council no later than December 31, 2020. This interview may include the collection of your financial data.