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Our hearts go out to all who have been infected by COVID-19 and those whose lives have been disrupted by this outbreak. These resources have been prepared to support early childhood professionals who are working on behalf of young children during the pandemic. The list will be updated periodically. 
 

 Updated: January 17, 2021 

December 30, 2020: CARES_III_Grant_Online_Application_Provider_Letter.pdf (virginia.gov)

Info for Previous CARES I and CARES II Grantees: If you received a CARES I or CARES II grant and your program is open and eligible, you have automatically been awarded a CARES III grant. If you already received a CARES III award letter, you should not apply for a CARES III grant. If you did not receive a CARES III award letter but believe you should have, email ask4care@dss.virginia.gov.

Info for Programs that Did Not Receive a CARES I or CARES II Grant:

If you are interested in receiving a CARES III grant and did not receive a CARES I or CARES II grant, you must apply to be considered. We will prioritize the awarding of CARES III grants to fund programs in underserved communities. You may submit a CARES III grant application beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements for CARES III Applicants:

-- The program did NOT receive a CARES I or CARES II grant

-- Includes existing licensed family day homes, voluntarily registered family day homes, licensed child day centers, religiously exempt child day centers, licensed family day systems, certified

preschools, unlicensed child day programs that are approved subsidy vendors, and local ordinance approved family day homes

-- The program is open to provide care for children

-- The program follows COVID-19 health and safety guidelines

When and How to Apply:

-- You may apply beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021.

-- There are two different ways to apply-online or through a mobile app. The links will be live to the grant application at 10 a.m. on January 4, 2021.

o ONLINE: you may apply through the CARES III grant application webpage at dss.virginia.gov/cares3

o COVID-19 VIRGINIA RESOURCES mobile app: download COVID-19 VIRGINIA RESOURCES on the App Store or through Google Play. Once on the mobile app, click on the BUSINESSES tab, and then click on the picture tile WHAT IS THE CARES III GRANT PROGRAM? to apply.

 

Before you apply, gather the required documents that you will need to upload to complete your application:

o VDSS license/permit/certificate or letter of exemption

o Completed Virginia W-9 form

o Copy of official supporting documentation for the social security number or employer

identification number used on the W-9 form

-- Social Security Number official supporting documentation: a copy of your social

security card; IRS letter 147C or IRS letter SS-4; recent pay stub; W-2 (wage & tax

statement); SSA-1099 (Social Security Benefit Statement); or other tax document

showing full name and entire social security number

-- Employer Identification Number official supporting documentation: IRS letter 147C or IRS letter SS-4; computer-generated notice generated by IRS when EIN application was submitted; documentation from the provider’s bank if EIN was used to open an account; or a copy of previously filed tax return using the existing entity

Payment: The amount of the grant award will be predetermined based on the program type. Based on available

funds, grant amounts will be determined for:

-- Large child day centers (capacity over 100): includes religiously exempt centers, licensed

centers, unlicensed centers, and certified preschools

-- Small child day centers (capacity of 100 or fewer): includes religiously exempt centers, licensed centers, unlicensed centers, and certified preschools

-- Licensed family day homes

-- Licensed family day systems

-- Unlicensed family day homes: includes voluntarily registered family day homes, local ordinance approved homes that are not licensed, and unlicensed homes that are approved subsidy vendors. You will receive a grant award letter by email prior to receiving your payment. A contractor administering the funding on behalf of DSS will issue grantees one payment, which will be mailed to the remittance address indicated on the Virginia W-9 form. If a remittance address is not provided on the VA W-9 form, payment will be sent to the legal address listed. If you need a VA W-9 form: https://www.doa.virginia.gov/forms/CVG/W9_COVSubstitute.pdf. Email ask4care@dss.virginia.gov if you have any questions. Thank you for the work you are doing to care for children during this critical time.

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