FAQs

Grant Application Period:
January 26 – June 1, 2022

You’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions here.

If you have additional questions, please email [email protected]

What is the Phase 2 Child Care Stabilization Grant application period?

The Phase 2 application opened on the thread website on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. The application closed on June 1, 2022.

What is the amount of this grant?

The amount of the Phase 2 COVID-19 Stabilization Grant is based on licensed capacity, as verified by the Child Care Program Office. Phase 2 grant awards will use the following formula:

  • Licensed homes and group homes will receive $650 per child
  • Licensed child care centers will receive $1,100 per child
  • School-aged only programs that are licensed child care centers will receive $1,100 per child
What is the funding source of this grant and what is the CFDA number?

The source of the American Rescue Plan Act funding is the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number is: 93.575.

Are bonus awards available in Phase 2?

Yes, bonus awards will be made to programs participating in Learn & Grow and/or the Child Care Assistance Program, at the time the application is submitted. This information will be verified by thread and the CCPO.

The flat rate bonus amounts are:

  • Child Care Assistance: $1,100
  • Learn & Grow:
    • Enrolled Programs: $500
    • Level 1 Programs: $800
    • Level 2 Programs: $1,000
I have multiple locations. Do I need to complete an application for each location?

Yes, an application must be completed and submitted for each licensed site location.

Is the grant application available in languages other than English?

Yes, the grant application can be translated into different languages. Instruction for how to access these translations appear at the top of the grant application.

Is there assistance available for completing the grant application?

Programs that need assistance to complete the application can:

The grant application asks for a ICCIS number. Where can I find this number?

ICCIS stands for Integrated Child Care Information System and is generated by the State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO). This number can be found on correspondence from the CCPO. It is also the number used for the Child Care Assistance Program.

If you are unable to locate your ICCIS number, you can contact your assigned Child Care Licensing specialist at the State of Alaska CCPO.

I’m confused by the questions about enrollment. Can you clarify what this question means?

Enrollment is different than capacity. “Enrollment” is the number of children enrolled in the program at any given time. “Capacity” or “Licensed Capacity” is determined by the State of Alaska Childcare Office (CCPO) and is the number of children permitted to be present at any one time. The number of enrolled children may be greater than the licensed capacity due to part-time enrollments. The number may be smaller due to factors like staffing shortages, concerns about health and safety, etc.

The Phase 2 grand award is calculated using the CCPO licensed capacity. The application does not ask for this information from applicants, as it is provided directly from CCPO.

The application does ask for enrollment numbers, both current enrollment and desired. These questions serve a couple of purposes. First, this information is required by the federal grant guidance for COVID-19 Child Care Stabilization Grants. Second, this information helps thread and the CCPO understand trends in the child care field, such as under- or over-enrollment, and what current barriers may be to achieving desired enrollment.

Again, the questions in Part 2 of the Phase 2 application will not be used to calculate award amounts but provide important information for understand trends in the child care field.

Do I need to submit a IRS W9 Form with my application?

Yes. thread needs to have an accurate IRS W9 Form on file in order to approve the application. All Phase 2 grant applications are required to upload a current, completed, and signed IRS W9 Form.

Incomplete forms may delay the application processing time. Information on how to complete the IRS W9 Form is available on the application form and application preparation here. IRS W9 Form can be downloaded here.

If I make a mistake on my IRS W9 Form, can I cross out the mistake and write in the correct response?

If you make an error completing your IRS W9 Form, you can cross out the error but it must be initialed by you, indicating that you recognized the error, crossed it out, and completed the field with the correct response. Alternately, you can complete and sign a new form without errors. No type of correction product (liquid, tape, etc.) can be used on a IRS W9 Form.

Can I take a photo of the completed IRS W9 Form and upload that version if I don’t have access to a scanner?

Yes, it is acceptable to upload a photo of IRS W9 Form as long as it is legible and all of the required fields appear in the photo.

How does the electronic signature function work on the grant application?

After completing your application, you will be required to provide a signature. You can do this one of two ways. Using the cursor, you can sign your name or you can type your name in the area indicated and the application will automatically convert your typed name to a signature. Either way is acceptable. However, be sure that a signature appears in the signature box prior to submitting your application.

Following the initial submission of your application (after the signature function), you will receive an email to verify your signature. You are required to click on the URL provided to complete the verification process.

How do I know if my grant application was received?

Immediately after your initial submission, you will receive an email with a URL link to verify your signature. You must open the verification email and click on the URL link to verify your signature, completing the application process. Once you do this, you will receive an email, indicating your application has been submitted. This lets you know that your application was received and is being reviewed by thread.

If thread has questions regarding your application, you will be notified by email and/or phone. You will have the opportunity to submit any missing information or correct any mistakes. The goal is for every eligible program to receive a grant.

How long will it take to process my grant application?

Your grant payment will be processed within 60 business days after your application has been received, reviewed, and approved by thread.

Important Note: This is not 60 days from the time your application is submitted, but 60 days from the time your application is reviewed and approved by thread.

When will I find out if my grant application is approved and will receive a grant?

Once your application has been reviewed, verified by the Child Care Program Office, and approved for payment, you will receive an email from thread. This email serves as your approval notification and indicates that your check will be arriving shortly.

How long do I have to spend the grant funds?

There is no time limit by which the grant needs be spent as long as it is spent on the approved categories listed on the grant application. It is important to keep records in the event your program is audited.

Do I have to repay the grant?

No, the Phase 2 COVID-19 Stabilization Grant does not have to be repaid as long as you meet all of the certified acknowledgements on the application during the five (5) month grant period. The five (5) month grant period begins with the receipt of your grant check.

Will my program be taxed on the grant funds?

There may be tax implications for your program, please consult with the IRS, an accountant, or tax specialist for guidance. For tax purposes, programs are considered the “beneficiary” of these federal funds. The State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO) is designated the “lead agency” and thread is the “intermediary.”

Will there be additional grant opportunities from the ARPA funding?

Yes. This is Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Stabilization Grant Program. The State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO) is in the planning process for the distribution of remaining ARPA funding. The criteria and eligibility for subsequent phases of stabilization funding have not been established.

The CCPO shared an update about the child care funding relief plan in December 2021. Read more here.

What happens if my address changes after I submitted my application?

If your address changes after your application has been submitted, please contact thread at [email protected].