City seeks proposals for child care program

City seeks proposals for child care program

Brian Coddington, Director of Communications, 509.625.6740

Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 8:13 a.m.

The city is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience providing funding to child care centers within Spokane city limits to administer federal pandemic relief funding.

The funds are intended to help childcare providers find staff and help service users offset costs when they return to work. Funding will be awarded through a public Request for Proposals process which requires the submission, review and evaluation of application materials for alignment with eligibility criteria and competitiveness through the online portal from the city. Information about each of the funding opportunities, including the application process, is available at My.SpokaneCity.org/ARPA. Response deadlines for submissions are October 5, 2022.

“Through conversations with the community, it has been determined that discretionary staffing expenditures associated with a per-child subsidy program for child care to help new working parents return to the workplace are a critical need for our community,” said Michelle Murray, Accounting Manager, who manages the proposal process.

Childcare: Open to public and private not-for-profit, private-for-profit, and governmental entities within the city of Spokane who have experience administering funds to be awarded to child care providers for two separate programs to provide retention/signing bonuses for staff and a time-limited grant for newly hired Townspeople.

The portal on the City’s website guides applicants through the eligibility criteria and documentation required to submit a proposal.

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