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Scholarships to California Nonprofit Child Care Centers to Subsidize Costs for Working Parents


Geographic Focus

USA: California: Santa Barbara County

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William and Lottie Daniel Fund Child Care Scholarships

Santa Barbara Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #154974

Grant Description

Scholarships to California nonprofit child care centers in eligible locations to subsidize child care costs for economically disadvantaged families. Funding is intended to help local working parents meet expenses related to quality child care at child care centers serving children 0-5 years of age and school-age children in grades TK-6. Funding must be used to benefit Santa Barbara County residents.

For organizations serving children 0-5 years of age priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Include age-appropriate curriculum for kindergarten readiness;
  • Demonstrate quality improvement planning or participation in a quality improvement process, such as Santa Barbara County’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and/or NAEYC accreditation;
  • Demonstrate adoption of or progress toward the use of best practices for parent engagement, such as the Family Standard in accreditation and/or the Five Protective Factors Framework; and/or
  • Demonstrate use of or progress toward a standardized child development assessment or screening tools, such as Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) or the Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile.

For organizations serving school-age children (grades TK-6) priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Include specific elements/curriculum that build language arts literacy and math proficiency; and
  • Demonstrate quality improvement planning or participation in a quality improvement process, such as Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation, or show alignment with student achievement goals set out by the local school district.

Funds may be used to expand the number of slots of existing established programs.

The Daniel Fund guidelines specify that families selected to receive funds must:

  • Be Santa Barbara County residents;
  • Be working parent(s)/guardian(s);
  • Contribute some portion of the tuition costs; and
  • Have a child enrolled in the program on a full-time basis.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Organizations must be certified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or use a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) tax status. Applications that do not contain a valid EIN (tax ID) number will not be considered. Organizations using a fiscal sponsor must review the Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for additional information and instructions.
- The foundation accepts applications from public entities such as schools, universities, and libraries through an affiliate or supporting 501(c)(3) organization.
- The applicant must be fully licensed by the State of California to provide child care for the age groups it is serving and be in full compliance with the applicable codes governing child care facilities.
- The applicant’s staff must be well qualified to work with the age groups served.
- The agency and program financial budgets must be commensurate with the costs associated with the care and supervision of children.
- The applicant must currently serve children from economically disadvantaged families through established child care programs. In order to accommodate centers that care for children in transition, such as infants in foster care or families experiencing homelessness, the scholarship may be transferred to other eligible families if there is a change in placement.
- The funds applied for may only be used to subsidize program fees/costs for current Santa Barbara County residents.
- Children receiving scholarships through this fund must have working parent(s)/guardian(s).
- The total cost per child must be reasonable and based on the sliding fee scale. The scholarship award will be based on the amount still needed to cover the costs of the program after the family’s contribution has been taken into account.
- Because the fund’s purpose is to help working parents, an applicant agency must be open at minimum during the regular work hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Licensed child care for school-age children must be open when school is not in session during the workweek. In addition, the child care program must run year-round and not be closed for more than two consecutive weeks during the year.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- March 15-17, 2022: Virtual Office Hours, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM each day
- April 4, 2022: Application Deadline
- May 13, 2022: Funds Awarded

All applications must be received by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

You will receive an email confirming that your account is active and you will then be able to complete and submit a grant application. Please take this timing into consideration when reviewing application deadlines as you must allow time for your account to be created prior to submitting an application before the deadline. (If you are establishing an account on Friday, the registration confirmation will occur on the following Monday.)

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Eligibility Criteria and FAQs:

Application and Submittal Procedures:

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award is $35,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is up to one year from the award date.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

For questions about the suitability of proposals prior to drafting an application, applicants are encouraged to contact Petra Gomez, Program Manager, at (805) 880-9394 or

For technical assistance, please contact Jamie Perez, the Community Engagement Coordinator at (805) 880-9395 or

For licensing questions, please speak with the Child Care Duty Officer at Community Care Licensing by calling (805) 562-0400.

Santa Barbara Foundation
1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-1873

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