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News // Apr 15, 2019

Coast Guard Foundation Family Childcare Provider Grants

  • Coast Guard Foundation

In conjunction with the Month of the Military Child this April, we are happy to announce a new initiative between the Coast Guard Foundation and the United States Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Foundation is launching a grant program that will assist Coast Guard spouses who are becoming certified Family Child Care (FCC) providers an opportunity to offset their start-up costs to establish child care businesses in their homes.

Thanks to the generosity of GEICO, a strong supporter of the Armed Forces that has served military customers for more than 80 years, the Coast Guard Foundation will award 20 individual grants of $1,000 each to Coast Guard spouses establishing Family Childcare Centers in government-owned housing at Base Kodiak, Training Center Cape May, Sector New York and Training Center Petaluma. This FCC grant program will be a 2-year pilot.

The Coast Guard Foundation is proud to sponsor a pilot program that, in addition to providing new childcare options for Coast Guard families, will provide employment for Coast Guard spouses, both of which are core areas of Coast Guard Foundation support.

How to Apply:
Coast Guard spouses residing in Coast Guard-owned housing in any of the locations of the pilot who are interested in the FCC grant may contact their local Child Development Services Coordinator (CDSS) listed below for information about becoming a certified FCC provider. Coast Guard spouses transferring this summer to any of the pilot locations are eligible to apply for the FCC grant.

Base Kodiak: Vanessa Bryant, 907-487-5525,
TRACEN Petaluma: Lena Gavello, 510-437-3237,
TRACEN Cape May: Valanda Weston, 609-898-6384,
Sector New York: Maura Redy, 718-354-4404,

Application criteria for the FCC grant and process for selecting recipients of the grant will be available for review as early as April 29, 2019 at Or, access the application directly here: CGF-FCC GRANT APPLICATION

There will be two application periods to take advantage of this funding opportunity, May 1 to June 15, 2019, and September 1 to October 15, 2019. Funding will be based on availability.

Point of Contacts:
For the Coast Guard: Dr. Marta Denchfield, Chief, Behavioral Health Services Division at 202-475-5253 or

For the Coast Guard Foundation: Ms. Sage Williams, Program Director, at 860-535-0786 or

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