Child Care Restoration Grants
Illinois has been awarded $331 million in financial aid to support child care through the latest federal relief package passed by the US Congress. Unlike the Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) in 2020, these funds will flow directly through the Illinois Department of Human Services. We know our state’s recovery relies on the economic survival of our child care system. The continuation of the Child Care Restoration Grants is designed to help sustain child care as the economy continues to reopen.
CCRG Extension Round 5 applications closed Friday, February 25, 2022.
Round 5 2022 CCRG Extension – January, February, March, April, May, and June 2022
- Grant applications were open February 2, 2022 – February 25, 2022.
- Grants will cover expenses from January, February, March, April, May, and June 2022.
- Programs found eligible will be paid 30% of the full monthly grant amount.
- The 6 month grant payment will be made in one check. Checks will begin mailing in March.
- Grant funding is based off a program's capacity on January 1, 2022.
- Programs must have completed and accepted monthly reporting for all previous funded months to be found eligible for CCRG Extension (Round 5) funding.
- Programs must be open and caring for children by February 25, 2022, to apply.
- Programs must choose between receiving a CCRG Extension grant and a Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grant. Programs can apply for either 2022 CCRG Extension or SGCC, but not both.
- Programs must complete and upload the pdf CCRG Attestation Round 5 2022 (244 KB) . ( pdf Spanish (416 KB) )
Round Four – October, November, and December 2021
- Grants covered expenses from October, November, and December 2021.
- Grant applications and renewal opt-ins were open Monday, October 18, 2021 - Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
- Update: Round 4 grants have been increased from 40% to 60% of the current monthly grant amount effective October 22, 2021. In addition, a no cost extension through January 31, 2022, will be available for Round 4 funds. Programs will receive three months of grant funding for October, November, and December but can spend that funding through the end of January 2022. This change will apply to all Round 4 applicants found eligible, including those who have already opted in or submitted applications.
- Grant funding is based off a program's capacity on October 1, 2021.
Round Three – July, August, and September 2021
- Grants covered expenses from July, August, and September 2021.
- Grant applications and renewal opt-ins were open Monday, August 16, 2021 - Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
- Programs found eligible will be paid 60% of the current monthly grant amount.
- Grant funding is based off a program's capacity on July 1, 2021.
Round Two – April, May, and June 2021
- Grants covered expenses from April, May, and June 2021.
- CCRG round two grant applications have closed.
- Programs found eligible were paid 80% of the current monthly grant amount.
- Checks began mailing in June and will continue mailing once funding is received.
Round One – January, February, and March 2021
- Grants were retroactive to January 2021 and covered the months of January, February, and March 2021.
- CCRG round one grant applications have closed.
- Programs found eligible were paid 80% of the current monthly grant amount.
- Checks were mailed to eligible programs on May 5 and May 26, 2021.
CCRG Extension Round Five applications were available Wednesday, February 2, 2022 – Friday, February 25, 2022.
The Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) 2021 are designed to be meaningful financial supports to help the early childhood infrastructure weather the storm brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate you and the work you have done – for many of you uninterrupted – over the last two years. The CCRG program is funded through federal COVID-19 stabilization dollars, and as those federal funding packages have changed since the start of the pandemic, we have modified and adjusted the grant program and reporting requirements as needed. Illinois continues to lead the nation in the direct supports provided to the child care workforce and we are proud of the investments we have made during the pandemic.
Child Care Restoration Grants are available for round five funding to cover expenses in January, February, March, April, May, and June 2022. Programs that have not applied previously, or those that were found ineligible in past rounds can apply by completing a new application. Programs that are currently receiving CCRG can renew by an opt-in process.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Licensed Child Care Centers, Licensed Family Child Care Homes and Group Family Child Care Homes
- Must be open and caring for children by February 25, 2022.
- Must be providing full-time care defined as a program that is open and offering at least eight consecutive hours of care per day, five days per week.
- Must have at least 25% of the child care program’s revenue received from private pay tuition, other private funding, and/or IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
License-Exempt Child Care Centers and Out of School Time (OST) Providers
- Program must be open and caring for children by February 25, 2022.
- Must be providing full-time care defined as a license exempt program offering care 5 days per week.
- Must have at least 25% of the license exempt program’s revenue received from private pay tuition, other private funding, and/or CCAP funding.
- Both non-profit and for-profit providers are eligible to apply.
How to Apply:
- The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) will administer the CCRG Extension program in the same way they did for the CCRG 2021.
- All applicants will need to sign a pdf round 5 attestation (244 KB) - confirming the information they provide is true and accurate, and they agree to meet the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.
The following items are required to complete a new grant application.
- Access to the Gateways Registry Director Portal
- A DUNs number
- Completed W9
- pdf CCRG Attestation Round 5 (244 KB) - pdf Spanish (416 KB)
- For centers only – an Illinois Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
The following items are required to complete an opt-in.
- Read, sign, and upload a new pdf round 5 attestation (244 KB) .
- Opt-in for round five even if you have not received a round four check.
- Complete Monthly reporting for grant checks you have received.
Keeping your Gateways Information Up to Date
The Child Care Restoration Grants rely on information available in the Gateways Registry and the Director’s Portal. IDHS and INCCRRA calibrate the Child Care Restoration Grants based on information available in Gateways. Please ensure that the information available in the Gateways Director’s Portal is up to date, including information regarding your employees. Please encourage your staff to keep their Gateways Registry memberships up to date as well, including listing you as their employer.
What to Expect:
- CCRG Counselors will review your application or opt-in for round five funding.
- If items are missing or incorrect counselors will email the grant contact email address that you provided when applying. Programs will have two weeks to provide additional required information or documentation.
- The grant contact will receive an email when application eligibility is determined.
- It could take several weeks after you receive your approved email for a grant check to mail.
- You will also receive an email the day your grant check mails.
- We will begin mailing checks in March.
CCRG 2021 Monthly Reporting
Monthly Reporting has changed since 2020, and we highly encourage you to use the resources listed below to complete monthly reporting. An incorrect monthly report will slow down the approval of additional grant payments. Do not complete monthly reporting if you have not received your check.
Resources to help complete monthly reporting:
- pdf Instruction Worksheet (200 KB) – read through the instructions and complete the worksheet. This will help you prepare to enter information correctly into your monthly reporting within the Director Portal. An incorrect monthly report will slow down the approval of your second-round grant payment.
- pdf Round One Monthly Reporting FAQ (891 KB) – many questions, including allowable expenses are included in this FAQ. Take a moment to read through these questions. Completing your monthly reporting correct is important! An incorrect monthly report will slow down the approval of your second-round grant payment.
- Narrative Quarterly Reporting – Programs are required to complete an online narrative report. This report is not immediately updated in the Director Portal. Please complete the report and then wait a day or two for it to update into the Director Portal.
- Monthly Reporting Video – Watch this video for step by step instructions on how to complete round one monthly reporting in the Director Portal. You will need to enter your name and email address to access the video recording.
- pdf Monthly Reporting and Narrative Reports Tip Sheet - Round Four (889 KB)
- pdf Monthly Reporting and Narrative Reports Tip Sheet - Extension Round 5 (898 KB)
The federal reporting for CCRG 2021 grants reflects added requirements stipulated in the federal funding guidance. Some added requirements based on the federal funding you are being asked to report on going forward include:
- Affirm that no involuntary changes are made to staffing salaries or hours during the period covered by the grant.
- Pass on, as best as possible, relief to parents through reduction in tuition, fees, and co-pays in addition to what the state has already done.
CCRG 2022 Appeal Process
Round 5 appeals are currently under review. The deadline to appeal was March 18, 2022.
Applicants for the Child Care Restoration Grant Extension Round 5 have the right to appeal if they have been deemed ineligible to apply or believe the reason for their ineligibility is incorrect. Programs who ran into issues when applying, and have been in contact with the help desk to try and troubleshoot, can submit an appeal. (Proof of communication will need to be submitted with appeal documentation)
- Gateways Registry Director Portal
- W-9 Form
- Free DUNS Number
- Certificate of Good Standing
- Zip Codes that Qualify as Disproportionately Impacted Areas
- pdf CCRG Attestation Round 5 2022 (244 KB) - pdf Spanish (416 KB)
Child Care Restoration Grants 2020
The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly in calendar year 2020 directed $270 million of the state’s allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established through The CARES Act to support the economic health of child care providers as our economy reopened through the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services developed the grant program for licensed child care. The Child Care Restoration Grants were administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA). The BIG Program was specifically designed to support businesses who endured lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This funding has been expended and programs that received a Child Care Restoration Grant in 2020 are required to input monthly reporting into the Director Portal.
- pdf Child Care Restoration Grants Funding Summary - 2020 (614 KB)
- pdf Child Care Restoration Grants Info Page - 2020 (338 KB)
- pdf Child Care Restoration Grants Info Page (Spanish) - 2020 (339 KB)
First Round Grant Application opened on July 24, 2020, and closed on August 31, 2020. Appeals for first round grants closed on September 28, 2020.
Second Round Grant Application opened on October 1, 2020, and closed on October 15, 2020. Appeals for second round grants closed on October 22, 2020.