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Addressing the child care shortage in communities, these grants provide funding for the construction of new buildings or the renovation of existing buildings, including design and planning costs.



<5,000 Population


>5,000 Population



of the total project cost minus administration


November 1, 2024



  • done
    Have an acceptable use project
  • done
    Benefit low-to-moderate income households
  • done
    At least 25% matching funds


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Program Overview

Total Funding

$1.5 million has been allocated for the Non-Profit Childcare and Education Facilities Grant program in 2024. Communities can receive up to $650,000 (<5,000 population) and $800,000 (>5,000 population).

Qualifying Projects

This program addresses the child care shortage in Kansas. Grants help fund the construction of facilities and cannot be used for operations. Eligible expenses include:

  • Construction of a new building, or renovations of an existing building to be utilized to house Non-Profit Childcare and Education Facilities.
  • Acquisition of properties based on the Uniform Relocation Assistance (URA) and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act.
  • Engineering and architectural fees.
  • Administration costs for grant funds.

Selection Criteria

Grant applications are evaluated for funding based on project need, readiness, impact, sustainability and matching funds source and availability.

Key considerations include:

  • Priority will be given to communities identified by Childcare Aware of Kansas as childcare deserts. More information is available here.
  • At least 51% of all program participants must meet LMI (low-to-moderate income) requirements – which is at or below 80% of the Average Median Income for the county in which the family resides.
  • Communities who have not been awarded a CDBG Grant in the annual competition within the last five years in Housing, Community Facilities, or Water and Sewer will receive 10 bonus points on their application rating.
  • 10 bonus points will be awarded if at least 10% of local match comes from other private sources such as foundations (not bonds or state and federal agencies).
  • Download grant guidelines for more information on program requirements.


If the building is rented to the childcare provider, who must hold a not-for-profit status?

The childcare provider is the only one that must hold the not-for-profit status.

If moving into an existing building is there any extra testing that must take place?

The building must be tested for Lead-Based Paint and radon.

How to figure LMI?

It’s a snapshot in time. This will be completed when the facility is open. CDBG will pick a week to view who is at the facility and the self-certifications. After the facility meets 51 percent LMI the project will proceed to closeout.

How to calculate LMI?

For a 4-person household that is LMI with two kids in the facility, that counts as two LMI.

Will there be any reporting requirements from CDBG, after the grant is closed?

After closeout, it is the responsibility of the grantee to assure the facility remains LMI.

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Tips for Success

Communities with a shortage of licensed child care options are considered child care deserts. This program helps address that. See if your community is in a child care desert here.

Securing private funding for matching requirements and operating costs for a childcare center is critical to success. Sources like this are available to help.

In 2022, Governor Kelly announced $160 million in support for child care providers in Kansas. The program is administered by Childcare Aware of Kansas.

Gathering letters of support is a great way to enhance your grant application. Get a broad base of community leaders to confirm the importance of your project.

Community Showcase Map

See other communities that have received funding in past years

How to Apply


LMI help The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either principally benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet a community development need having a particular urgency.

View LMI Family Income Limits for
Persons in
LMI Family Income Limit*

*LMI calculations are from 2015 Census and LMI by household are from 2024 HUD Section 8. Final LMI will be confirmed upon application review.


Find Assistance

Assistance from a professional with CDBG grant experience can help you streamline and strengthen your application. Some or all of the costs to engage help can be covered by your award.

Find Pros in Your Area

Have Questions?

Email Ginny Eardley, CDBG Specialist,
[email protected]
(785) 230-6319