Applications are now being accepted for two new grants as part of a federally funded, locally run child care expansion initiative.
The new funding round focuses on funding private schools and community after-school programs.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, who is seeking a second term, has touted the programs as ways to help children grow and thrive while keeping families safe.
“We know that affordability and access to child care is a major challenge for many families, and these programs will provide relief to working families, support local businesses, and foster a healthy and prosperous future for Guam,” she said.
According to information released by the Guam Economic Development Authority, which administers the new grants under “Prugråman i Pinilan i Famagu’on Guåhan”, eligible community care programs include summer camps offered by mayors. villages, non-profit organizations and residential communities. After-school programs eligible for grants include some run by private schools, performing arts studios, martial arts centers, and sports camps.
Community and private school programs can receive up to $50,000 in grants. Non-school providers are eligible for a grant not exceeding $25,000. Applications will be accepted until June 22, subject to the availability of funds.
Businesses, schools, and nonprofits are asked to detail how they would apply the funds to eligible expenses. The grant can be used to pay for salaries, rent, utilities, personal protective equipment, supplies, food, training, transportation, and mental health support services.
As a condition of receiving the grant, organizations must agree not to:
• Furlough or fire employees.
• Use the funds to pay taxes.
• Use funds for items already paid for by federal, state, tribal or local government funds.
• Use the funds for construction or major renovations.
• Use funds for past expenses.
Ineligible organizations or programs include those with children over the age of 13, those receiving funding from the Department of Education, or businesses that were once open but are now closed, according to the GEDA fact sheet on the grant application process.
Providers must also hold relevant child care and business licenses or certificates. A complete list of application rules is available at investguam.com/ccpg, or by calling GEDA at 671-647-4332. Completed applications can be emailed to [email protected] or dropped off at the GEDA office on the fifth floor of the ITC building in Tamuning.
“However, if the documents need to be delivered by hand, we ask that you bring a copy to be stamped by our receptionist. We will not be able to make copies. GEDA conducts a review of submitted applications and assigns a unique application number,” the authority said in its factsheet.
(Daily shift staff)