The #FamilyCare Microgrant program is exclusively for licensed home-based childcare providers hard hit by the COVID crisis, who live and operate their businesses within the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). See the CRA map here.
The Program offers grants of up to $2,000 and business development support services to help home-based childcare providers to recover from COVID-related shutdowns, while becoming stronger for the long-run.
The #FamilyCare Program is one of four microgrant programs by the One Community Plan’s #InThisTogether initiative, which was created to help local businesses survive the COVID crisis and become more resilient.
The program is made possible through the support of public and private funders. Dollars committed by the City of St. Petersburg will fund the $2,000 microgrants, which will be disbursed by the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation (BBIC). Additional business support and free technology tools are funded by Foundation for a Healthy St Pete, The 2020 Fund and community contributions.
Grantees of the #FamilyCare Program will have access to the supportive tools and services below, partly provided by Pinellas County Urban League and the BBIC.
Who is eligible?
Owners of licensed home-based childcare businesses located within the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) are eligible for this program. See the CRA map here to determine whether your business address is within the CRA.
Special priority will be given to current and prior clients of the community’s major business development organizations, which include:
- Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation
- Pinellas County Urban League Serious Business Academy
- Florida SBDC at Pinellas County
- Petersburg Greenhouse
- One Community Business Network
- St. Petersburg Business League
- St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
How Grantees Are Selected
Funding is limited and One Community Plan may not be able to approve all applications received. Applications will be reviewed based on a first-submitted and completed properly basis; they will be prioritized by the criteria above.
Approvals will be made by a committee of One Community Plan leaders based upon several factors, including the completeness of the application, the completeness of supporting documents submitted with the application, and “good standing” with childcare licensing authorities.
Click the link below to review or begin your application. With questions, please contact Esther Eugene, Project Coordinator via email or call 727-900-1170.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY to the #FamilyCare Program.