Child Care Restoration Grants

 

Child Care Restoration Grants 2021

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.

The CCRG 2021 first round of grants will be retroactive to January 2021 and cover the months of January, February, and March 2021. Monthly reporting will be required and can be submitted at the end of the 3-month grant period.

pdf CCRG Flyer 2021 (287 KB)
pdf CCRG Flyer 2021 - Spanish (270 KB)
pdf CCRG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2021 (321 KB)
pdf CCRG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2021 - Spanish (329 KB)
 

Child Care Restoration Grant 2021 (CCRG) Webinars 

Join a webinar specifically for your provider type to get all the details. We will cover information on how to opt in for programs that received a CCRG in 2020, review steps to apply for programs that are new to the grant, and provide an overview of eligible expenses and reporting requirements.  If you can't attend a webinar at the provided time and date, webinars will be recorded and posted to the CCRG webpage for later viewing.

pdf CCRG Opt in Tip Sheet 2021 (429 KB)

Click on the webinar registration link below specific to your provider type. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Licensed Centers and Child Care Restoration Grants 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Webinar Recording
pdf CCRG Licensed Center Webinar Slides (5.59 MB)

Licensed Family Child Care & Group Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Restoration Grants 2021
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Webinar Recording
pdf CCRG Licensed Family Child Care and Group Family Child Care Webinar Slides (6.15 MB)

Hogares de cuidado infantil familiar con licencia y Hogares de cuidado infantil familiar grupal y Subsidios para la restauración
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Webinar Recording
pdf CCRG Licensed Home Webinar Slides - Spanish (6.20 MB)  

License-Exempt Centers and Child Care Restoration Grants 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
Webinar Recording
pdf CCRG License Exempt Child Care Centers Webinar Slides (9.44 MB)

 
Who is Eligible:

    Licensed Child Care Centers

  • Must be open and caring for children by March 15, 2021. 
  • 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 and/or IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

    Licensed Family Child Care Home and Group Family Child Care Homes

  • Must be open and caring for children by March 15, 2021. 
  • 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 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 March 15, 2021.   
  • 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.
  • Government entities are not eligible to apply. 
  • Both non-profit and for-profit providers are eligible to apply. 

Programs that received a Child Care Restoration Grant in 2020

  • Programs that received a Child Care Restoration Grant in 2020 are eligible and will need to ‘opt in’ to signify you would like to be included in the CCRG 2021 program. Use this  pdf tip sheet (429 KB) for simple instructions on how to opt in. 
  • Once you have opted in DO NOT complete monthly reporting for CCRG 2021 funds.  You should not complete monthly reporting until you receive a check. 

Programs applying for their first Child Care Restoration Grant

  • Any licensed child care programs that did not previously apply for a Child Care Restoration Grant can apply in 2021. 
  • Any License-Exempt out of school time center may apply if they meet the eligibility criteria.

How To Apply

  • The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) will administer the CCRG 2021 program in the same way they did for the CCRG 2020.
    • INCCRRA will again provide technical assistance through their website and via email throughout the life of the CCRG 2021.
  • All applicants will need to sign an ‘attestation’ - confirming the information they provide is true and accurate, and they agree to meet the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.
  • An instructional webinar will be provided to each specific eligible provider-group before the application period is open to walk you through the opt-in and application process.

The following items are required to complete a grant application. For new applicants, we encourage gathering these items as soon as possible to prepare for the application process. 

Applications Available

Applications are open and available online on the following dates. New Programs can apply, or existing programs can opt in for grant funds to cover expenses in January, February, and March 2021. 

  • Licensed Centers – Tuesday, March 16, 2021
  • Licensed Family Child Care – Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • License Exempt Centers – Monday, March 22, 2021

 

Application deadlines for round 1 of the Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) 2021 are extended. Programs interested in applying or opting-in must meet the following deadlines:  

Wednesday, April 7, 2021—Deadline to request Gateways Director Portal access (this is only for programs who do not currently have access).  

Friday, April 16, 2021—Applications and Opt-ins for CCRG 2021 round 1 will close at midnight.

What to Expect:

Licensed Centers
Grants will be paid on a quarterly basis and as funding is available. The grant funding formula will follow the formula used for CCRG in 2020, with grants starting at $1,000 per month. The grant funding formula considers several factors including licensed capacity, what area of the state you live in if you have achieved an ExceleRate Circle of Quality, and if you are in a disproportionately impacted area (DIA). 

Each quarter licensed centers will need to opt in through the Gateways Registry Director Portal for a grant payment. For licensed centers that received a grant payment in 2020, your grant payment in 2021 will be a percentage of your previous grant amount. Awards for new applicants will follow a similar formula. Programs will be required to complete monthly reporting once they have received their first grant check.

Licensed Family Child Care
A one-time stipend will be paid to eligible licensed family child care for January, February, and March 2021. The stipend will range from $700–$900 per month for a 3-month total stipend award of $2,100–2,700. The stipend funding formula considers several factors including type of license, if you have achieved a Circle of Quality, and if you are in a disproportionately impacted area (DIA). Programs will be required to complete monthly reporting once they have received their first grant check.

License-Exempt Centers
A one-time stipend will be paid to eligible license-exempt centers for January, February, and March 2021. The stipend will range from $3,000–$20,000 per month. The funding formula considers several factors including capacity, and if you are in a disproportionately impacted area (DIA). Programs will be required to complete monthly reporting once they have received their first grant check. 

 

CCRG 2021 Appeal Process 

Appeals for January, February, and March must be received by INCCRRA by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 7, 2021. Any appeals received after May 7, 2021, will not be reviewed.  All appeals must include a completed appeal form to be reviewed. 
pdf CCRG Appeals Procedure 2021 (93 KB)
pdf CCRG Appeals Form 2021 (112 KB)

 

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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. 

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.

Programs that received CCRG in 2020 are required to complete and have accepted monthly reporting in the Director Portal for 2020 before they can receive funds in 2021.  If you have questions about monthly reporting please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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