Grant Opportunity for Child Care Providers

As part of MetroAction’s commitment to improving the quality of affordable child care throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, MetroAction will award four $500 MicroGrants and three scholarships to MetroAction’s Small Business Institute program.  On September 1, child care providers in NEPA may submit grant applications for projects that focus on teaching financial awareness to children or applications for scholarships to attend the Small Business Institute.

The Small Business Institute provides comprehensive training designed to help business owners sharpen the skills needed to develop, manage, and grow a successful business. Participants incorporate their own business experiences throughout the program, developing the building blocks for success.  In addition, MetroAction is certified through the PA Department of Public Welfare’s PA Keys program.  Child care providers attending the Small Business Institute earn professional development credits.

Scholarship applications must be received by 4:00 PM on September 16, 2009 and MicroGrant applications must be received by 4:00 PM on October 2, 2009. For more information, or to download an application package, please visit

To assist eligible providers complete their applications, MetroAction will host a free help session teleconference on September 11 at 12:30 PM.  The session will provide a program overview, tips on what the review committee looks for, and sample projects. To register, contact Desiree Ranella at or call (570) 341-0270.

Since the launch of MetroAction’s Child Care MicroGrant program in 2003, over 30 providers across seven counties have received funding that has directly impacted more than 1,300 local children.