Child Care Relief Fund In July, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors allocated $2M of CARES Act funds to the Child Care Relief Fund. Eligibility for this grant program is limited to licensed child care centers and family child care homes as well as license-exempt public recreation and school-district operated programs in the county that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. Applications are accepted through Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5 pm.

Red Backpack Fund — The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis. The Red Backpack Fund application portal will be open through August 2020.

Ready4k —The Ready4K Summer & Beyond grant program is designed as a flexible support for diverse organizations that have different funding sources and serve different populations. Applications are awarded on a rolling basis and will be accepted through September 15. Funding is limited, with grants available for up to 50% of the cost of the Ready4K program for one year.

Hello Alice — A free, online, platform helping with business expansion and growth is offering grants up to $10,000 to help impacted small businesses. Applications open through September 25. Recipients will be announced later this fall.

Philanthropy CA —The Philanthropy California team hosts a vetted the list of response funds to help navigate resources for the most vulnerable communities. Their COVID-19 Response list is updated daily and can be filtered based on region.

Rental Assistance for the City of San Mateo

The City of San Mateo has partnered with Samaritan House to provide up to $120,000 in direct rental assistance for in-home childcare providers economically impacted by COVID-19. Funds are distributed on a rolling basis until the funds are depleted. Financial assistance applications are available in English and Spanish.

Start the application process online. Applicants can use the site to upload documents, check the status of their application, and communication with the Samaritan House’s Case Management Team. Childcare providers are encouraged to call Samaritan House with questions at (650) 347-3648.

Paycheck Protection Program – PPP

One of the most important and impactful elements of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act package is the Payroll Protection Program (PPP).

The Payroll Protection Program is the Small Business Administration’s $349 billion lending program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The new Paycheck Protection Program expands the SBA’s 7(a) loan program to help small businesses cover their near-term operating expenses and retain employees. 

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Please see below for links to important program details and an application:

Types of Cash Help for Providers This resource by Child Care Aware  is meant to provide an overview of some of the federal responses to COVID-19. It is not meant to provide loan counseling.

CA R&R NetworkFinancial Assistance for Family Child Care Providers during Covid-19
Asistencia Financiera para Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil Durante el Coronavirus o COVID-19

Office of Child Care Funding programs in recent COVID-19 legislation that address needs of Child Care providers and Child Care workers.

Financial Assistance for SMC Child Care Providers (COVID-19) — This spreadsheet may help you identify potential sources of funding from the Federal and Local Government as well as Local Initiatives.

Intuit Aid Assist — A free service to understand different U.S. business relief programs. Start with a loan eligibility assessment or get an estimate using their loan calculators

SCORE Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub — Available to provide free mentoring for small businesses and help them understand the types of financial assistance that are available and help prepare them to apply.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis on a global, national and critically on local scale. Many facets of our community have been affected, including the child care workforce which was on the brink of collapse. Below are resources to support the economic recovery of our valued child care sector.

COVID-19 Child Care Project

With the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, childcare providers are at risk of losing their livelihoods. Private providers –especially those operating in home-based settings – often have limited financial means. They operate with small profit margins and are particularly vulnerable. Your donation to COVID-19 Childcare Project empowers a response to the needs and demands of a community affected by COVID-19.

San Mateo County Strong

A website developed to allow people from San Mateo County and beyond to join the County’s relief effort and make directed donations that will specifically benefit San Mateo County residents, small businesses and non-profits

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