2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Floor Approved)

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Child Care Center Development Grant Program

Item 103 #7h

Item 103 #7h

First Year - FY2025 Second Year - FY2026
Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development FY2025 ($15,000,000) FY2026 $0 GF

Page 99, line 40, strike "$127,802,325" and insert "$112,802,325".

Page 105, strike lines 37 through 56.

Page 105, strike lines 1 through 4, and insert:

"U.1. Out of this appropriation, $10,000,000 the first year from the general fund is provided for the department to award competitive grants to eligible recipients to expand the availability of early childcare centers in the state.

2. Eligible recipients include public and private institutions of higher education, local governments, and state government agencies.

3. The department in consultation with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education, and Virginia Community College System shall develop criteria and guidelines for this program on or before December 1, 2024.

4. In awarding these funds, the department shall prioritize applications that: (i) utilize space available on community college campuses; (ii) include a public funded provider as defined by § 22.1-289.02, Code of Virginia; (iii) target areas of high need as defined by the department in the guidelines; (iv) limits grant costs to repurposing and/or retrofitting space; (v) includes a financing plan for sustaining center operations; and (vi) offers early child education training opportunities to Virginia higher education students.

5. As a condition of this appropriation, the department shall award at least one grant to an applicant near the seat of government in Richmond, Virginia with the express purpose of providing early childcare services to state government employees.

6. The department may utilize up to three percent of the appropriation provided for program administration.

7. Unused funds in the first year shall be carried forward to the second year."


(This amendment provides $10.0 million to incentivize the development of child care centers with a priority for using under utilized space at Virginia's community colleges.)