Childcare Mini-Grant Program
The Childcare Mini-Grant Program is available in Wyoming to support childcare centers in creating environments that encourage healthy childhood nutrition and physical activity. The program is made possible through a partnership between the Wyoming Department of Health, the Wyoming Head Start Collaboration Office through the Wyoming Department of Education, and CNP.
- Funding opens January 23, 2023 for childcare centers that have not previously received mini-grant funding
- Funding opens March 23, 2023 for childcare centers that have received previous funding.
- Amount: up to $500 per site
- Purpose: Enable Wyoming childcare centers to adopt nutrition and physical activity supports in the Healthy Policies Toolkit. Funds can be used towards the purchase of materials and supplies that directly support nutrition and physical activity efforts at the childcare center.
- Application materials:
- Healthy Policies Scan
- Mini-grant application
The Healthy Policies Scan is a tool to understand best practices for nutrition and physical activity in childcare settings. It is not a test. Rather, it is a way to check off the practices your center is already meeting and identify practices your center would like to establish.
All mini-grant applicants need to complete the scan tool. The proposal for funding (in step 2) should connect directly with practices not currently being met, but that were identified on the scan as making progress or interested in starting.
The application for the mini-grants is very short and includes an about section for the childcare center, a proposal for funding, and a space for sharing links to the items requested in the proposal. All applicants need to complete this application after completing the Healthy Policies Scan.