Child Care Restoration Grants

Child Care Restoration Grants

The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly have directed at least $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 reopens in the coming months through the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program. The BIG Program is specifically designed to support businesses who endure lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  

We know our state’s recovery relies on the economic survival of our regulated child care system.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services is charged to develop the grant program for licensed child care. The Child Care Restoration Grants will be administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).


Child Care Restoration Grant Applications

Second Round Funding Applications will be available in the afternoon of October 1, 2020 and will close on October 15, 2020. Second round grant funding is limited, applications will be processed in the order they are received.

If you were found eligible in round one, there is no need to apply again you are automatically eligible for the second round. 

To apply for the Child Care Restoration Grant, you will need to login to the Gateways Registry and enter your Director Portal. Access the application by clicking on the Child Care Restoration Grants Application box and then click on "Apply Now" to begin your application. For help navigating through the application, view pdf Steps to Apply (709 KB) .

All applicants must have access to the Gateways Registry Director Portal to apply, submit required documentation and if found eligible provide monthly reporting.

Steps to request Director Portal Access:

  1. Go to https://registry.ilgateways.com/. Under Be a Member, click Director Portal.
  2. Click Authorized Program Contact Access Request Form to download the form.
  3. Complete the Authorized Program Contact Access Request Form and mail, fax, or email it. Wait a couple of days, then log into your Registry Dashboard and there will be an option for your Director Portal.

The following items are required documentation that will need to be uploaded with your application. 


Technical Assistance Webinars - Overview of Grant Programs

The Child Care Restoration Grants Technical Assistance Webinar discussed the Restoration Grant and walked through how to apply online through the Gateways Registry Director Portal. The webinar provided information on what documents to collect, and what information you need to have ready before you apply.

Recordings & Slides:
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Take the time and apply today for a Child Care Restoration Grant. Second-round grant funding is limited, the earlier you apply the better!


Grant Eligibility Appeals

All second round applicants for the Child Care Restoration Grant (CCRG) program have the right to appeal if you have been deemed ineligible to apply for the CCRG and/or the amount awarded to you as part of the CCRG program. Please use the Appeals Procedure to prepare your appeal. Appeals must be made by Thursday, October 22, 2020, in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Appeals for first round grants closed on September 28, 2020. No additional appeals will be considered for first round grants. 


CCRG First Round Programs –Round Two Funding

Your application and eligibility in the first round automatically make you eligible for a grant in the second round. Your award will be the same monthly grant amount but will cover two months (vs. three); October and November. In order to receive an award in Round Two, you must first complete and submit the following items:

  • Receipt of Approval letter – you must sign, date, and upload the receipt of approval letter to the Director Portal.
  • pdf Monthly Expense Report (387 KB)  – Monthly expense reporting for July & August must be submitted by October 16, 2020, but the sooner you submit your reports the sooner your second-round grant check will be processed.  pdf Monthly Expense Report - Spanish (396 KB)
  • pdf Monthly Narrative Report (115 KB)  – Narrative reports for July & August must be complete in the Director Portal. Please note once you click on the link and complete the narrative report, it will not show as complete in the Director Portal for 24-28 hours. 

Monthly reporting will be reviewed by a counselor in the order it is submitted at INCCRRA.  If items are missing or need to be corrected the counselor will email the program directly. Once your monthly reports have been reviewed and approved you will receive an email from the counselor. 

Use the following resources to help complete the Monthly Reporting. 

pdf Monthly Reporting FAQ (281 KB)  - helps answer many questions you may have as you complete the monthly reporting.  This includes details on what expenses can be charged to the CCRG funding. 
pdf Monthly Reporting FAQ - Spanish (297 KB)

Webinar Recording in English – PLEASE NOTE BEFORE VIEWING THE WEBINAR On the webinar we reported that mortgage was not an allowable expense.  However, we have received further clarification that mortgage is an allowable grant expense. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7136374032391600139
document Webinar Slides in English (1.60 MB)

Webinar recording in Spanish - PLEASE NOTE BEFORE VIEWING THE WEBINAR On the webinar we reported that mortgage was not an allowable expense.  However, we have received further clarification that mortgage is an allowable grant expense. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/309090720143005452
document Webinar Slides in Spanish (1.62 MB)


Additional Resources

For questions you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-855-939-4858

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