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2019 William and Lottie Daniel Fund Childcare Scholarship

Scholarships to Santa Barbara County, California
Childcare Facilities to Subsidize Costs for Working Parents

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Santa Barbara Foundation

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Scholarships to Santa Barbara County, California licensed nonprofit childcare facilities that provide full-time programming for children of up to five years and school-aged children. Funding is intended to subsidize costs and assist local working parents to afford quality childcare.

Childcare scholarships are intended for year-round childcare facilities that can demonstrate an alignment with their community’s Kindergarten Readiness Networks and/or other child development objectives and outcomes.

Priority will be given to organizations serving children 0-5 years of age 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;
- Demonstrate use of or progress toward a standardized child development assessment or screening tool, such as Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) or the Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile.

Priority will be given to organizations serving school-age children (grades TK-6) that:
- Include specific elements or curriculum that build language arts literacy and math proficiency;
- 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.

The Daniel Fund guidelines specify that families selected to receive funds must:
- Be Santa Barbara County residents;
- Be working parent(s)/guardian;
- Contribute some portion of the tuition costs; and
- Have a child enrolled in the program on a full-time basis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154974

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding amounts vary by age of child served.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Scholarships will be awarded to licensed nonprofit child care centers serving children 0-5 years of age and school-age children (grades TK-6).

Eligibility Requirements:
- 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. 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 childcare 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. Funds may be used to expand the number of slots of existing established 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 or costs for current Santa Barbara County residents.
- Children receiving scholarships through this fund must have working parent(s) or guardian(s). Note: for the purposes of the fund, the term “parents” includes both single and dual parents, and the authorized representatives of children not in the care of their natural or legal parents(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 purpose of the fund is to help working parents, an applicant agency must be open at minimum during the traditional work hours of 8 AM to 5 PM. Licensed child care for school-age children must be open when school is not in session during the work week. In addition, the child care program must run year-round and not be closed more than two consecutive weeks during the year.

Pre-Application Information:

April 22, 2019: Application Deadline
May 2019: Funds Awarded

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

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

For questions about the William and Lottie Daniel Fund Childcare Scholarships program, funding eligibility, technical assistance, and support contact Rubayi Estes, Director, Evaluation and Learning, at (805) 880-9351 or

For technical assistance, contact Deanna Vallejo, Community Engagement Associate, (805) 963-1873 or

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Barbara County