City of Spokane, WA

09/22/2022 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/22/2022 09:25

City Seeking Proposals for Childcare Program

City Seeking Proposals for Childcare Program

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

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

The City is seeking proposals from qualified organizations who are experienced in granting funds to childcare facilities located within the Spokane city limits to administer federal pandemic relief funding.

The funds are intended to assist childcare providers with staffing and assist users of the service in offsetting costs as they return to work. Funding will be awarded through a public request for proposals process that requires submission, review, and evaluation of application materials for alignment to eligibility requirements and competitiveness through the City's online portal. Information about each of the funding opportunities, including how to apply, can be found at Response deadlines for the submissions are October 5, 2022.

"Through conversations with the community, it was determined that discretionary spending on staffing coupled with a per child subsidy program for childcare to help new working parents returning to the workplace is a critical need for our community," said Michelle Murray, Director of Accounting, who manages the proposal process.

Childcare: Open to public and private nonprofit, private for-profit, and governmental entities within the city limits of Spokane who are experienced in administering funds to grant to childcare providers for two distinct programs to provide retention/signing bonuses to staff and time-limited subsidy for City residents who are newly employed.

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