pexels pixabay 159579CHAMPAIGN — To put working parents at ease as they prepare to return to the workplace, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is encouraging child care providers who have faced financial struggles due to COVID-19 to apply for the next round of the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program.

“For many families, no child care means they do not have the ability to work,” Bennett said. “Supporting our child care providers will help address the needs of parents that are returning to their jobs outside the home, and that’s why I am encouraging all providers affected by the COVID-19 crisis to seek financial assistance through this grant opportunity.” 

More than $150 million was awarded to 4,686 child care providers across 95 counties during the first round of BIG funding earmarked for child care. Nearly half these funds went to providers in areas disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Child care facilities have continued to face financial hardships in recent months, leading the state to open a second round of BIG grants specifically for child care providers. In this second wave of funding, $114 million will be available for child care centers and family child care homes that are licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services and are currently open.

Applications for Child Care Restoration Grants are available until Oct. 15 and can be found here.

All other businesses can apply for BIG grants here.

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