Resources

Cares Act

Below, you will find information on supports for organizations providing care for children during COVID-19. We currently have two funding opportunities available to qualified Greenville County childcare providers and other child serving organizations in Greenville County. Please take the time to carefully read the supplemental documents and resources to understand the CARES Act grants. There are funds available for organizations providing all day care for school aged children as well as funds available for organizations providing care for children 0-5 full day. We are thankful for Greenville County for helping families return to work.

If you are a parent seeking full day school aged care, visit our comprehensive directory located on Kidding Around Greenville.

***If you are a parent of a child K5-5th grade and are a qualifying essential employee, view our Essential Employee Workforce Assistance Voucher FAQ for more information on financial supports.***

FULL DAY, SCHOOL AGE CARE SUPPORT

Recognizing the need for all day school aged care for Greenville County families in the likely scenario that public schools in Greenville County are open fewer than 5 days per week, Greenville County Council has approved $2 million of federal CARES Act funding for organizations throughout Greenville County. These funds are intended to help offset costs associated with starting all day school aged care.
 
Each participating organization will be eligible to receive funding to support program start up (including program materials, supplies, staff development, and equipment). Funding will be on a tiered basis, using the projected numbers to serve.
 
Funding is allocated as follows:
  • $2,000 for organizations serving 1-5 students
  • $5,000 for organizations serving 6-29 students
  • $7,500 for organizations serving 30-60 students
  • $12,500 for organizations serving 61 or more students
Any provider who accepts center supports will be asked to document that 20% of allocation is applied to financial supports to subsidize weekly costs. In addition, Greenville First Steps will have supplemental workforce assistance funds to increase access for essential employees school age children."
 
Greenville First Steps is proud to partner with with Greenville County by serving as the point of contact for these federal funds. On this page you will find a host of resources, including a summary of eligible and ineligible expenses, a link to a video summarizing the project, and a link to the application.
 
Please use these resources to learn more about this funding opportunity. If after reviewing these documents you have any questions, please email Zack Hall with the YMCA of Greenville at [email protected]org
 

***If you are a parent of a child K5-5th grade and are a qualifying essential employee, view our Essential Employee Workforce Assistance Voucher FAQ for more information on financial supports.***

Workforce Assistance (Scholarships) - INFORMATION FOR ORGANIZATIONS

In addition to the organization grant, additional funds are available to provide financial assistance (scholarships) for children of qualified essential workers enrolled in your school age, all day program. $1,000 is available per child of a qualified essential worker ($100 per week for 10 weeks) on a first come, first serve basis until funds run out. All $1,000 must be used to offset the weekly cost for these essential workers.
Qualified Workers include: 

  • Essential workers (e.g., Health Care workers) who earn less than $60,000/year
  • Greenville County employees who earn less than $60,000/year
  • Greenville County public school employees who earn less than $60,000/year
  • Families at 300% Federal Poverty Level (~$75,000 for a family of 4)

Watch the recorded information session for more details. 

Only approved CARES Act organizations will have access to scholarships. 

***If you are a parent of a child K5-5th grade and are a qualifying essential employee, view our Essential Employee Workforce Assistance Voucher FAQ for more information on financial supports.***

Apply

Apply Now using our new portal. Even if you have created a log in and password for our CARES Act Childcare grants, you will have to create a new profile from scratch (however, you can use the same email and password if you choose). We have provided a How to Guide with step by step instructions. If you have any questions, please email Anne Lee Buck at [email protected].

How to Guide - Step by Step guide for how to apply for School Age Support (including specific steps on how to locate your Memoradum of Agreement (MOA) and how to submit your signed MOA)

Apply Now for School Age Care Support (ORGANIZATIONS ONLY. NOT FOR PARENTS)


CHILDCARE SUPPORT

Recognizing that Greenville families cannot return to work without a strong network of childcare providers, Greenville County Council has approved $1.71 million of federal CARES ACT funding for childcare providers throughout Greenville County. These funds are intended to help offset additional costs incurred by providers as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are available  to providers who are currently open AND for providers who are currently closed, but intend to open by Labor Day.
 
Funding is allocated as follows:
  • $1,000 for DSS Registered Family Childcare home based providers
  • $5,000 for DSS Licensed Childcare centers with a DSS approved capacity of 50 or fewer children
  • $10,000 for DSS Licensed Childcare centers with a DSS approved capacity of 51 or more children
 
Faith-based providers are eligible to apply. Registered providers are encouraged to apply as future funding may be available on a first come first serve basis.
 
Greenville First Steps is proud to partner with Greenville County Council by serving as the point of contact for these federal funds. On this page you will find a host of resources, including a summary of eligible and ineligible expenses, a link to a webinar summarizing the project, and a link to the application.
 
Please use these resources to learn more about this funding opportunity. If after reviewing these documents you have any questions, please email Anne Lee Buck at [email protected]org

 

Informational Meeting Recording

Greenville First Steps and Palmetto Shared Services Alliance hosted an information session for Greenville County Childcare providers on June 24, 2020. Below is a recording of the webinar as well as a PDF of the PowerPoint used during the webinar.


Recording of webinar

PDF of PowerPoint presentation from webinar **UPDATED 7.6.20

Helpful Resources

Below are some helpful resources to assist Greenville County childcare providers in understanding the Greenville County Cares Act, eligibility requirements, eligible and ineligible purchases, and more.

Cares Act Summary of Eligible and Ineligible Expense Categories

Frequently Asked Questions

Cares Act Payroll Template

Greenville County Council Action

Apply

Apply Now using our new portal. We have provided a How to Guide with step by step instructions. If you have any questions, please email Anne Lee Buck at [email protected]

How to Apply: A step-by-step guide


Apply Now Here