October 14, 2020

Janice Keller, Communications Director
City of Bellingham
(360) 778-8100

Countywide partnership continues grant program to support Whatcom County childcare providers

The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County will offer a second round of CARES funding to licensed childcare providers. The countywide collaborative program, Whatcom ReStart, will issue up to $700,000 for eligible licensed childcare operators.

Countywide Partnership Continues Grant Program To Support Childcare Providers

Grant applications will be accepted October 13 through October 25, 2020. Funding decisions and contracts will be issued in November. There is no cap on grants to support childcare operators. The application has been modified from the first round of funding applications and childcare providers must reapply to be considered for this second round.

The purpose of this program is to assist childcare providers impacted by COVID-19 as they continue their vital services in our communities. More information, including eligibility guidelines, criteria and applications, can be found on the Whatco​m ReStart page of the Port of Bellingham website.

“We know childcare providers are offering vital services supporting our children and working parents as this health crisis continues to impact our lives,” Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood said. “With this second round of funding, we are recognizing how childcare providers have stepped up in significant ways, particularly as the academic year has resumed and families have had to establish new routines.”

In addition to funding licensed childcare providers, CARES Act funding has also been dedicated to supporting small business recovery, the food and beverage industry, public emergency response, food and housing security, and services and facilities to those living unsheltered.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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