Montgomery County unveils new CARES Act grant program for daycares and preschools

New program helps organizations providing pandemic relief

A new grant program from Montgomery County will provide relief to adult daycares, child daycares, and preschool institutions. Montgomery County Commissioners have approved this grant program to use funds received through the federal CARES Act.

“These organizations provide care and education to both children and adults in our county,” said Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commission President. “These services have been disrupted because of the pandemic, and we need to help these struggling organizations who provide essential care to our loved ones.”

This grant program will cover expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, which include mortgage or rent costs, utilities, and costs related to nutritional programs, personal protective equipment and supplies, and technology. Each applicant will be required to submit documentation to illustrate how grant funds will be used.

“The past several months put a lot of strain on our daycares and preschools,” said Marvene Mitchell-Cook, Director of the Office of CARES Act. “I’d like to thank our County Commissioners for recognizing this need and approving this program.”

These grants will provide up to $30,000 for expenses, either already incurred or anticipated to incur due to the pandemic, between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

To qualify for the daycare/preschool grant program, applicants must:

  • Be licensed by the Ohio Department of Education (for childcare organizations only)
  • Be physically located in Montgomery County, Ohio
  • Serve or benefit individuals living in Montgomery County, Ohio

Information about required documentation and a link to apply for this program are online at www.mcohiocares.org. Links to other local CARES Act grant programs are also available through the website, including grants for small businesses, agriculture businesses, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, nonprofits, and mortgage, rent, and utility assistance for individuals and families.

As part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Treasury has issued Montgomery County $92 million. This funding is used to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses that have experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.