Bedford County Childcare Facilities Grant FY25


  • The Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) has established a $30,000 incentive fund program for childcare providers.
  • A total of $30,000 is available and may be divided among qualified applicants.
  • The matching grant offers up to $30,000 for capital equipment purchases, infrastructure improvements, or training expenses that (1) are related to the creation or expansion of a childcare facility within Bedford County (outside of Bedford Town limits), and (2) demonstrate quality improvements, sustainability, or results in adding new childcare slots to help alleviate the shortage of available childcare in Bedford County.
  • The childcare grant applicant shall be a Licensed Provider/Program by the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the grant must result in the applicant achieving licensure status. (
  • The grant funds apply to facility modifications/upgrades that are in compliance with childcare licensing standards and/or other related capital investments specifically affiliated with the expansion of childcare services (i.e., cribs, playground equipment, books, etc.).
  • The program type can be a child day care, family day homes or family day systems as long as they are registered with the Department of Education or will achieve registration through the grant.
  • Proposals cannot conflict with the development standards established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation if related to facility modifications.
  • The grant will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis for documented, qualifying expenditures.


  • Applications are open from July 1 – 31, 2024.
  • Submit your application directly to Bedford County Office of Economic Development.
  • Community stakeholders will review applications and makes recommendations to the Bedford County EDA.
  • The EDA will determine the award recipients and amounts awarded at its October 2024 meeting.


  • The awardee must complete and submit the Summary of Outcomes report by April 1, 2025.
  • Along with the report, the awardee(s) must include license, receipts, and proof of payments made to show the requirements and match met by the applicant.
  • Staff will review all documentation and visit sites as needed to review completed projects.


The Economic Development Authority will fund one-half of the total grant amount up to $30,000 in reimbursement. The grant is fully funded by the Bedford County EDA and administered by Bedford County Office of Economic Development staff.

FY25 Childcare Facilities Grant Application