Deadline Extended: Family Child Care Pilot Program Grant Application Now Live

The Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) will be accepting applications from organizations interested in advancing the goals of the  Statewide Family-Based Child Care Pilot Program.  The pilot program is focused on supporting family-based child care providers to increase equitable access to quality, affordable child care for New Hampshire families.

Additional information can be found in the Family Child Care Pilot Program Application and Program Guide and Frequently Asked Questions. CDFA extended the deadline for those organizations interested in applying. Applications are now due Monday, March 25 by 12:00 PM EST and currently available on CDFA’s Grants Management System ( CDFA presented an overview of the grant opportunity at a recent Lunch & Learn hosted by the NH Alliance of Early Childhood Coalitions. A recording of the presentation and related materials can be found on their website:

CDFA has been allocated resources to support family-based child care providers across New Hampshire and is seeking applications from those organizations interested in or currently delivering services to new or existing family-based providers, including:

  • Family child care homes;
  • Family group child care homes;
  • License-exempt child care homes; and
  • Family child care providers not-yet licensed or license-exempt.

Applications are encouraged to be collaborative and bring together organizations advancing this work across the regions, as well as focus on activities related to engaging new and existing family-based child care providers to deliver services and support including:

  • Assess the health and readiness of the provider for start-up or expansion;
  • Deliver business technical assistance and training;
  • Create connections to sector-specific resources for training and mentoring;
  • Resource agencies providing leadership in supporting family child care providers in each of the seven Early Childhood Regions;
  • Focus intentionally on a community-based, culturally grounded and equity-centered service delivery; and
  • Provide access to a family child care provider start-up or expansion funding grant program.

CDFA aims to capitalize on the momentum of programs and initiatives that are demonstrating progress and showing promise towards supporting family child care providers today while meeting the long-term goal of creating a family child care support network. The goal is to provide each of the seven regions support that matches their current capacities and initiatives currently underway or emerging.

The application requires applicants to detail their specific project, describe the extent to which it aligns with program objectives, and provide other pertinent information that will help CDFA determine the applicant organization’s capacity to complete a successful project. More information on how to use the Grants Management System can be found on the CDFA Resource Hub.

Schedule a Meeting with CDFA
CDFA staff offers applicants technical assistance, guidance on program objectives, and instruction on how to successfully complete an application. Technical assistance is provided through workshops, one-on-one training, and pre-application meetings.

Organizations interested in applying that would like a pre-application meeting with CDFA staff can email Carolyn Saunders at to schedule a time.

CDFA would like to better understand the landscape of organizations interested in delivering services to family child care providers across the state. Those organizations interested in advancing this work but not currently ready to apply for implementation resources within this grant opportunity are encouraged to fill out this form and request a meeting with CDFA staff by emailing Carolyn Saunders at to schedule a time.

CDFA’s Investment in New Hampshire’s Child Care Sector and Small Businesses
Investing in New Hampshire’s child care sector is a high priority for CDFA and advances the equity and community impact goals outlined in the organization’s new Living Strategic Plan, as well as leverages the organization’s role as a statewide convener. Since state fiscal year 2014, CDFA has invested more than $16 million to support child care services and facilities in New Hampshire at various stages of project development.

The Statewide Family-based Child Care Pilot Program also builds on CDFA’s long-standing history of investment in the statewide infrastructure to support New Hampshire’s small businesses through the federal Community Development Block Grant Microenterprise Program.

About the Community Development Finance Authority
The Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) is a statewide, nonprofit authority focused on maximizing the value and impact of community development, economic development, and clean energy initiatives throughout New Hampshire. The organization leverages a variety of financial and technical resources, including the competitive deployment of grant, loan, and equity programs.