COVID-19 Financial
Resources for Providers

The resources found on this page include the most current financial opportunities available for Child Care Providers, as well as closed financial opportunities listed in order of release date. The closed financial resources on this page are for informational purposes only.

Please see the tab, “Latest Updates” for new information related to financial resources for providers. We will be updating this tab regularly, as new information regarding funding opportunities becomes available.

Latest Updates


2022 NH Empower Youth Funding Program


  • 5.5.22 NH Empower Youth Program Grant Webinar RECORDING

    Join the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration to learn more about the New Hampshire Empower Youth Program grant application process, criteria and how it may fit into your high and/or middle school program focused on at-risk youths.
    Click Here to Access the Recording


  • NH DHHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Summer Youth Programs Press Release

    Please see the official press release for the NHEYP (NH Empowering Youth Program).
    Click here to read the release


  • The 2022 NH EMPOWER YOUTH PROGRAM GRANT




    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pleased to announce funding is available to organizations offering summer and school year programs geared toward middle and high school youth. As part of New Hampshire’s Invest in the Future Fund, the State will utilize $3.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to support the Empower Youth Program, which will provide programming for at-risk middle and high school students.

    As we transition out of the pandemic into more regular activities, this funding will focus on support for at-risk middle and high-school-aged youth. With disruptions in-home/school life during the pandemic, along with the ongoing challenges of being a teen in today’s society, older youth may be experiencing negative effects of social isolation, engaging in substance misuse, or being subject to abuse or neglect. High-school and middle school students often experience academic and emotional challenges due to past and current circumstances. After last summer with its social distancing and limited summer options, adolescent youth will benefit immensely from formal and informal activities as well as supports outside of the home this summer and as they transition into school this fall.

    The New Hampshire Empowering Youth Program (NHEYP) funding is available to fund those youth summer and fall programs serving middle and high school students. The summer programs may be transformed into afterschool or weekend programs when the school year resumes. This permits programs that extend beyond the traditional summer break to create opportunities that will serve as a bridge for students as they transition back to school in the fall. This format also allows providers to proactively explore alternative community-based programs, which could prove beneficial whether they are serving youth attending traditional or alternative educational schooling.

    The Empowering Youth Program is designed to benefit middle and high-school-aged youth. The program’s incentives target providers that will either expand current programs to middle and high-school students or initiate new program opportunities for these age groups. Similarly, providers may access program resources to fund adolescent youth counselor positions within existing programs that are aimed at younger children. This will provide teenagers the opportunity to learn leadership and mentoring skills.

    Funding is available to New Hampshire non-profit and for-profit summer and school-year youth programs that serve middle and high-school youths, with an emphasis, but not exclusively, on serving vulnerable youth and children involved with the Division of Children, Youth and Families or in need of or receiving other intervention/support services. Programs specifically offering activities involving gang-violence prevention, substance-misuse prevention, youth empowerment, dropout prevention, and safe havens are encouraged to apply. Programs that serve early-childhood or elementary school ages may apply only if they are also offering a program that includes the targeted age group or allows youths within the targeted age group to serve as a counselor-in-training, program aide, specialty program presenter, academic tutor, playground coach, etc. in a formal program.

    To apply for funding, programs must:

    - Be eligible to receive a State of New Hampshire vendor number and a federal SAMS number;
    - Have equitable enrollment policies as to race, income, gender, religion, and sexual orientation;
    - A minimum of 65% of the youths served must meet the DCYF definition of vulnerable children*;
    - Serve middle and high school youths, with at least 75% being New Hampshire residents.
    *Vulnerable children are those children who are at-risk for abuse or neglect due to physical, psychological and/or environmental factors. They do not need to have an open DCYF case to be considered vulnerable and may qualify due to their geographic location or household circumstances.

    Here is the generic application link:
    If you would like a custom link (that allows you to save and return to the application along with retaining a copy), please email Dianne Chase at [email protected] with the words NHEYP custom link request in the email subject.
    Additional Resources:

    Template for the application
    Application Instructions and grant parameters
    •FAQs will be posted on an ongoing basis

    Applications will be reviewed as soon as possible after the application closing date. Award decisions will be based on a combination of the number of youths able to be served, geographic location, and target audience. The application period will open on Monday, May 2nd at 12 noon, 2022, and end on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 11:59 PM. All funds must be expended by December 31, 2023.
    Use this link to register for one of the informational webinars are being held on:

    Thursday, May 5, 12:30 to 1:30 PM
    Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 to 7:30 PM

    Also, virtual office hours (no registration required) are being held on:
    Friday, May 6, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
    Wednesday, May 11, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
    Monday, May 16, 1:00 to 2:00 PM

    Click here for the access information

    For other questions please email Dianne Chase, Assistant Bureau Chief, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, DEHS, NH DHHS at [email protected] or call 603-271-7190


  • Registration for NHEPY Informational Webinars

    Join the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration to learn more about the New Hampshire Empower Youth Program grant application process, criteria and how it may fit into your high and/or middle school program focused on at-risk youths. With applications due by Wednesday, May 18, you will want to sign up for one of these sessions or listen to the recorded version later. Thursday, May 5, 12:30 to 1:30 PM Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 to 7:30 PM Click here to register


  • NHEYP Application Template (For reference only)

    Please find the NHEYP application template to help you prepare for your application. Click Here for the Application Template


  • Instructions for NHEYP Application

    Please find the instructions for applying to the 2022 New Hampshire Empower Youth Program (NHEYP) Managed by New Hampshire Health and Human Services.
    Click Here for Instructions


  • 2022 NHEYP Office Hours Access Information

    Please bring any questions related to The 2022 New Hampshire Empower Youth Program (NHEYP) with you and we will do our best to provide guidance relating to this process.
    Friday, May 6, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
    Wednesday, May 11, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
    Monday, May 16, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
    Click Here for Access Information


Absent Due to Covid


American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)


  • New ARPA Discretionary Funds Plan

    Read the latest information on the ARPA Discretionary Plan and how the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS )plan to utilize $29,736,767 in ARPA Discretionary Funds based on stakeholder input, federal guidelines and current challenges facing the early childhood and out-of-school time industry. Click here to Read the Full Plan


  • ARPA/CCASP Application Deadline Information

    To All NHCIS Users and ARPA Stabilization CCASP) Grant Current and Potential Applicants, The NHCIS is still experiencing a temporary outage. As a result, the ARPA Stabilization CCASP application submission and review period 8 has been combined with review period 9 and will both have the new deadline: December 13, 2021.


  • ARPA: CCASP Frequently Asked Questions-Updated

    This document contains frequently asked questions and answers related to the ARPA: CCASP Grant. These FAQs were updated on November 12, 2021.


  • ARPA/CCASP Important Updates

    The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration has important new updates about:
    • NH Connections Information System Glitch Impacting the Grant System
    • CCASP/ARPA Quarterly Report Now Due due Friday, January 15, 2022
    • Updated Grant Application Submission and Review Schedule
    • Date Changes for DHHS State of NH Child Care Webinar Series
    • NH Connections and NH Connections Information System Upgrade Input Survey On Its Way


  • ARPA Stabilization/CCASP Webinar: Creative, Clever and Allowable Ways to Use Your 25% ARPA Grant Staff Incentive Set Aside

    This recorded webinar with the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration was about how to use your required 25% Staff Incentive Set Aside portion of your ARPA Stabilization/CCASP grant award. Hear what other states, along with your own NH colleagues, are doing to incentivize and retain current staff and recruit new employees followed by a Q & A
    • Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
    • Time: 12:30-1:30 PM


  • ARPA Discretionary Funds Recommendations Report

    This report details how the ARPA Discretionary Fund Survey results were analyzed and identifies the top five final priority recommendations for the ARPA Discretionary Funds.


  • Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey-Detailed Data

    This document includes the results from the ARPA –New Hampshire’s Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey Results.


  • Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey Results-High Level

    This document includes the results from the ARPA –New Hampshire’s Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey Results.


  • ARPA/CCASP Review Cycle Extended

    We are pleased to inform you that the previously reported Grant access issue on NHCIS has been resolved. If you are still experiencing any issues with accessing your Grants tile on NHCIS, please email us here at [email protected] or utilize the Support button on NHCIS and submit a Help Desk Ticket. Please note, the deadline for this application/review cycle has still be extended until Sunday October 31, 2021.


  • ARPA/CCASP Office Hours Update

    Dear Providers, Due to conflicting conflicts, we need to cancel CCASP/ARPA office hours today, 10.12.2021. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please email all CCASP/ARPA needs to [email protected] and Emma Salerni will be happy to assist you. Sincerely, The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration


  • ARPA Discretionary Funds Planning Update

    As planning work continues on the potential uses for the ARPA Discretionary Funds, BCDHSC wanted to share the latest information including the results from the ARPA –New Hampshire’s Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey Results and other information related to the planning process. In addition, you will find the Office for Child Care ARPA Discretionary Funds Guidelines here as well. Keep checking back for updates as the process continues.


  • Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey-Detailed Data

    This document includes the results from the ARPA –New Hampshire’s Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey.


  • Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey Results-High Level

    This document includes the results from the ARPA –New Hampshire’s Discretionary Funds Feedback Survey Results.


  • Office for Child Care ARPA Discretionary Funds Guidelines

    This document includes the Office for Child Care ARPA Discretionary Funds Guidelines.


  • ARPA: CCASP Application Template Available Here

    This link will give you a copy of the ARPA: CCASP Grant Application on the NH Connections Information System for reference use only. The actual application is available on the NHCIS and should be accessed through your Program Profile. In addition, please access the CCASP Letter of Intent (prior to completing the NHCIS application) found below along with additional information about the ARPA: CCASP Grant process. On the NHCIS application, you will have step by step support with the “tool tips” for the various questions. These are accessed by hovering over the little caption symbol. If you need additional assistance, please contact us at [email protected]


  • State of NH Child Care Series Session One: Workforce and Market Rates

    This session, featuring guest speaker and researcher Michael Kalinowski, will focus on reviewing the latest Market Rate Survey that served as a foundation for establishing the newly adopted NH Child Care Scholarship rates. In addition, we will be exploring the child care workforce shortage through numerous data points including the recent Early Childhood Workforce Study, CRRSA, ARPA and the NH Connections Information System along with highlighting the statewide and local initiatives focused on helping address the issues around workforce and staffing needs. Discussions cover both early childhood (birth through preschool) and school-age (K through grade 5) programs. This session will take place on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.


  • ARPA/CCASP Office Hours

    Hello, please join us for our CCASP/ARPA office hours from 12:00-1:00. See the attached announcement for the dates, beginning September 2021- Early November 2021.


  • ARPA/CCASP Allowable Expenditures Chart

    This Chart was updated on September 10, 2021.This is a general list of the broad categories of allowable uses for the CCASP/ARPA grant awards. We advise you to read the FAQs for more detail and if necessary, reach out to the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration at [email protected] for more clarification.


  • CCASP/ARPA: Funding Award Formula and Schedule

    September 3, 2021. In accordance with Federal requirements for the ARPA Stabilization Funds, the DHHS Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) created the Child Care Achieving Stabilization Program (CCASP). The plan for determining the amount of the CCASP/ARPA awards for NH’s child care programs can be found here.


  • CCASP/ARPA Award Letter and Invoice Video Guide

    Please see the above video to help guide you through your Award Letter and Invoices. Please take the time to FULLY read your Award Letter and select the incentives that you wish to accept with your base award. Please note, the ARPA team is busy fixing multiple Award Letters and this will cause a delay in award notifications. *This video has no sound*


  • ARPA Award Letter Update

    This ARPA Award Letter Update was sent via email on September 1, 2021.


  • CCASP/ARPA How to Use and Track Your ARPA Award Funds Recorded Webinar

    This webinar took place on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Assistant Bureau Chief, Dianne Chase, discussed how to use and track awarded CCASP/ARPA funds.


  • CCASP/ARPA Application and Uses for Family Child Care and License-Exempt Homes Recorded Webinar

    This webinar was recorded on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Assistant Bureau Chief, Dianne Chase, discussed the CCASP/ARPA Application and funding for Family Child Care Providers and License-Exempt Home Providers.


  • ARPA: CCASP Notification Timeline

    This document shows a timeline of the submission deadlines and the award schedule for the ARPA: CCASP Grant. This was updated as of August 25, 2021.


  • ARPA: CCASP Notification Timeline Update

    Hello All, The ARPA: CCASP First Review Deadline is now Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Midnight, not Monday, August 16, 2021 at noon.  If you want to get reviewed and potentially funded by the end of the month you need to submit by Wednesday, August 18th at midnight. You can submit any time after that date while funds are still available, but you will not be in the first round of reviews. Please see the attached updated Funding Notification Dates. We just wanted to let you know the State is undergoing an information technology update that may impact the NH Connections Information System. This much needed update will ultimately be a real asset to our efficiency and effectiveness, but like all change, it may slow us down temporarily. We are hoping that any support tickets that you have submitted will be addressed quickly, but please be patient if they take us longer than usual. Further, while we are aiming to meet our original notification timeline starting the week of August 23rd, there is a possibility of a delay. We will keep you posted. This update process will not impact your ability to submit your Letter of Intent or application – so go for it! -The ARPA: CCASP Team


  • The CCASP/ARPA Online Application Submission on NHCIS: Webinar

    This webinar was previously recorded on Wednesday, August 4. 2021 from 12:30-2:00 PM. This 90-minute webinar focused on the new ARPA: CCASP Grant and included a grant application demonstration and walk though. It was followed by a Question and Answer Section about many aspects of this new Grant program. For additional questions not answered in this Webinar, please reach out to [email protected].


  • ARPA/CCASP Office Hours

    Please join The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration for weekly office hours. Please bring any questions related to CCASP/ARPA with you and we will do our best to provide guidance relating to this grant application process.

    Dates: August 10, 2021, August 17, 2021, August 24, 2021, August 31, 2021
    Time: 12:00 PM


  • An Invitation to Share your Thoughts on Utilization of ARPA Discretionary Funds for Child Care

    The American Rescue Plan Act Idea Input Survey is now available. We are interested in how you think we should prioritize the funding in an effort to strengthen the child care industry in NH. Please share your thoughts on our NH ARPA Discretionary Fund Idea Input Survey at NH ARPA Discretionary Input Survey Link. In addition, DHHS will be providing other ways to provide input over the life of the grant. An informational webinar will be announced as more details become available.


  • ARPA: CCASP Letter of Intent Form Link

    This is the Survey Monkey link to submit a Letter of Intent for the CCASP Funding. If you would like to be considered for funding you are required to submit a Letter of Intent as part of the application submission. This program has a rolling application process allowing for applications any time this summer and early fall, as long as funds are available.


  • ARPA: CCASP Recorded Webinar

    This Webinar discussed the upcoming CCASP Grant, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This Webinar took place on Monday, July 12, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 PM.


  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Child Care Achieving Stabilization Grant Program (CCASP) Information

    Preview of coming attractions: regarding the upcoming American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded “Child Care Achieving Stabilization Grant Program” (CCASP). This announcement was sent to providers via email on July, 6 2021.


  • New Funding Initiatives to Support Child Care Programs, Staff and Families

    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced new initiatives to support the child care sector and the families they serve. These initiatives are part of a multi-faceted plan to stabilize child care in New Hampshire and are part of New Hampshire’s federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act.


  • COVID-Related Funds and NH Child Care: Where Are We Now? 05/25/2021

    This update included information about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the upcoming DHHS Child Care Stabilization Grant program: Child Care Achieving Stabilization Sub-Grant Program (CCASSP),  ARPA Discretionary Funds, the status of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) and other DHHS funding allocations to date. We hope this information will be helpful in understanding NH’s COVID-related funding for child care at this time.


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA)


COVID-19 Child Care Assistance Supplement (CCCAS)


Child Care Recovery Stabilization Program (CCRSP)


Pay by Enrollment Data Pilot


  • Pay By Enrollment Data Pilot- Letter to Families Template

    A sample letter for programs to adjust and utilize to help families understand the Pay by Enrollment Data Pilot. This document is a word file and will prompt a download.


  • Frequently Asked Questions: Pay by Enrollment Based Data Pilot

    This document contains frequently asked questions and answers related to the Pay By Enrollment Data Pilot. These FAQs were updated on March 25, 2022.


  • Pay by Enrollment Data Pilot Office Hours

    Please join The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration for monthly office hours. Please bring any questions related to the Pay by Enrollment Data Pilot with you and they will do their best to provide guidance relating to this process.
    • Monday, April 4, 2022 12:30-1:00 pm
    • Friday, April 22, 2022 12:30-1:00 pm
    • Tuesday, May 3, 2022 12:30-1:00 pm
    • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:30-1:00 pm
    Click here for access information


  • Intro & Overview of the CCDF Enrollment Based Payment Data Pilot Webinar RECORDING

    Please join the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration for a webinar that will give NH Child Care Scholarship Providers an Intro and Overview on the CCDF Enrollment Based Payment Data Pilot as well as web-billing specific training. This Pilot will begin on Monday, February 28, 2022, and end on Sunday, May 29, 2022. The Pilot is designed to collect data around the question of enrollment-based payments (we currently pay by attendance), program attendance, absenteeism and other important factors related to the child care scholarship program. During the three-month Pilot, assuming you meet the billing timelines and agreement conditions, Providers will receive additional funds that could benefit you and your families.

    Trainer: Dianne Chase, Assistant Bureau Chief, BCDHSC Date/Time: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM Location: Online Zoom Meeting Watch the Recording here


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