Grants to Start a Daycare in Georgia

By Anaid Heyd
Starting a child day care center may qualify you for grant funding.

Starting a new business can be overwhelming in trying to find enough funding to start and operate the business. With more parents working in today's society, child day care centers have become a valuable business investment. Fortunately, business owners in Georgia can benefit from grant funding available from a variety of sources.

Alvah H. & Wyline P. Chapman Foundation, Inc.

The Alvah H. & Wyline P. Chapman Foundation was formed in 1967 as an organization to promote charity. The foundation offers grants to child daycare centers that incorporate innovative and creative programs. Average grants range from $1,000 to $5,000, although on rare occasion, up to $15,000 has been awarded. Funds are intended for operating cost support, endowments and specific projects.

To apply, organizations must submit a Request for Support, in PDF format, of no more than three pages in length. Attachments should be minimal, and include a governing body list, financial statement budget and brief description of the program. The foundation prefers that applications be submitted electronically, but they may be sent to their physical mailing address:

The Alvah H. & Wyline P. Chapman Foundation Attn: Alan Sayler P O Box 55398 St. Petersburg, Florida 33732-5398 chapmanfoundation.org

Georgia Power

Georgia Power is a utility company that serves 2.35 million people in 159 Georgia counties. The company has a strong commitment to giving back to the community, causing the creation of a foundation program. The Georgia Power Foundation offers several grants for community enrichment projects such as day care facilities. Interested groups must not be schools, religious groups, political organizations or support partisan issues. Grants are valued up to $10,000 and distributed on a quarterly basis.

Applications are available at the Georgia Power website or by writing to: Georgia Power Charitable Giving 241 Ralph McGill Boulevard, NE Atlanta, GA 30308-3374 404-506-6784 georgiapower.com

Fuller E. Callaway Foundation, Inc.

The Fuller E. Callaway Foundation was formed in 1943 as a way to contribute to charitable purposes. Since its creation, the foundation has ranked 30th among the private foundations in southeastern United States for charity funding. The foundation's grant program is distributed four times a year and is primarily given to projects in LaGrange and Troup County, Georgia, although exceptions are made. Grant amounts vary, but a $10 million gift was once awarded to a Georgia higher education facility. Interested groups must submit an application, along with building plans, financial statement, operating budged and list of board members.

Applications may be obtained online or by writing to: Fuller E. Callaway Foundation 209 Broome Street P.O. Box 790 LaGrange, GA 30241 706-884-7348 callawayfoundation.org

Abreu Charitable Trust

The Abreu Charitable Trust was established in 1969 after the death of May Patterson Abrue, a woman who was awarded "Woman of the Year" for her charitable deeds. The trust now offers grants to children and youth services, such as day care centers. Interested organizations must be in the Atlanta metro area only and use funding for program development, matching funds, capital campaigns and seed money. Funding is distributed twice a year. Along with the grant application, groups must include two to three page description of budget plan and a list of board of directors.

Applications may be obtained online or by writing to: Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust PO Box 502407 Atlanta, GA 31150 770-649-7381 abreufoundation.org

About the Author

Based in El Paso, Texas, Anaid Heyd has been writing research articles since 2001. Her work has been published in the "American University Law Review." She has bachelor's degrees in political science and Chicano studies from the University of Texas at El Paso and is currently in law school at American University.