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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Schools, and Qualifying Cities and Counties for Studies Related to Childcare in Rural Communities


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USA: Iowa

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Rural Child Care Market Study Grant

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) - Center for Rural Revitalization

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #198839

Grant Description

Grants of up to $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations, PreK-12 schools, IHEs, tribes, and qualifying cities and counties for studies related to the provision of childcare in rural communities. Funding is intended to support the collection and analysis of data in order to determine community needs, as well as the development of a strategic plan for childcare to benefit local residents. Studies must take place in, and serve, communities with populations of 20,000 or fewer, which are not contiguous to a city with a population of 40,000 or greater.

Child care is a challenge across rural communities in Iowa and across the nation. However, the solutions are often more complicated than the construction of a new facility. Many factors need to be carefully analyzed to first determine the market feasibility for development of a child care center, expansion of an existing one or support for in-home providers.

The Rural Child Care Market Study Grant program seeks to support the use of data and analysis by rural communities to determine the specific needs and solutions for child care in their area. Through greater understanding of their geographic market, demographics, competition and other factors, communities can be armed with the information needed to take proactive steps towards addressing child care challenges. In partnership with First Children’s Finance, funding from the program will empower communities to assess their current child care market environment and develop strategies.

The Rural Child Care Market Study Grant Program provides funding for market data collection, analysis and development of strategic goals for child care through a professional third-party partner.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:
- City and county governments or federally recognized tribal governments physically located in Iowa;
- 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 nonprofit agencies and foundations;
- Public and private schools that serve grades pre-K through 12 and physically located in Iowa; and
- Higher education institutions located in Iowa.

The study must take place in and benefit a community in Iowa with a population of 20,000 or fewer and not contiguous to a city with a population of 40,000 or greater.

If a county-wide application, must be within one of the 88 least populous counties in Iowa. Any eligible applicant may submit an application that includes one or more partners and may apply on behalf of multiple cities or an entire county if the county is one of the 88 least-populous counties in Iowa.

Expenses incurred before or after the eligible funding period are not eligible for reimbursement.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 09/01/2022 11:59 PM

Applicants are required to demonstrate investment in projects by providing a minimum of 1:1/2 cash match.

Funding is awarded on a reimbursement basis after expenses have been incurred for approved project activities within the eligible funding period.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Grant Request: $1,000
- Maximum Grant Request: $10,000

Term of Contract:

Project Start Date: 06/15/2022
Project End Date: 06/30/2024

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