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ARPA Stabilization Grants Application is Opening Wed., Sept 1, 2021

Office of Child and Family Services just released a memo about the Stabilization Grant application opening Wed., Sept. 2021.

Here are the highlights:

  • All licensed and CCSP license-exempt nonrelative child care providers who are open and providing direct care by September 1, 2021 are eligible to apply.
  • Providers may apply for the first installment of grants if they are providing direct child care when they apply.
  • This application period will be open on Sept. 1, 2021 until Sept. 30, 2021.
  • The application will be on a rolling basis.
  • Those programs approved will only be required to apply once. Future payments will be automatic.
  • Programs with short-term closures due to their response to COVID-19 cases are eligible to apply.
  • The grants will be administered for 12-months with the first installment of payments to begin October 2021 through September 2022.

This link is to an OCFS webinar containing guidance and detailed instructions for how to complete the application.

You can also access the webinar’s PowerPoint slides from the Aug. 31st memo.

It is recommended by OCFS that you fully review both the webinar and the slides carefully prior to beginning the application. (The video is around 25 minutes)

Once active on Wed., Sept 1, 2021, the grant application may be found here:

For questions or more information please contact

Eligibility will be based on the following factors:
• Providers must be open and providing direct child care on a regular basis at time of the application
• Programs must have a valid Vender Code with OCFS
• All program staff must be active members in the Maine Roads to Quality Registry
• Licensed programs must be active in the Quality for ME Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)
• All owners, directors, and staff must have completed the State approved health and safety training within 90 days of hire
• Providers must supply on the application their program’s estimated current total monthly expenses

Payments will be based on the following:
Licensed capacity
– $100 per licensed slot per month
– License-exempt, nonrelative providers will be reimbursed based on
capacity of 2 slots
Additional funds for higher quality levels
– Step 1- $50 per month
– Step 2 – $100 per month
– Step 3 – $150 per month
– Step 4 – $200 per month
CCSP providers with a CCSP Provider Agreement
– $150 per month
Providing nontraditional hours of care
– 6PM to 6AM or weekend hours will receive $100 per month / Documentation will be required to be submitted to:

Staff bonuses
– $200 per staff per month and funds must be paid directly to staff (same for part- or full-time staff)
– For the purposes of the OCFS ARPA Stabilization Grants, staff eligible to receive the staff bonus are those staff that are providing direct care to children (excluding volunteers), owners,
and directors.


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