Grant Opportunities for San Mateo County Businesses


San Mateo County 2022 Childcare Grant Program – Round 2


Grant Program Overview

On July 26, 2022, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved $4,000,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to create the San Mateo County 2022 Childcare Grant Program. Given the widespread financial impacts of the pandemic on the childcare sector, this grant intends to provide financial assistance to childcare facilities so that the most vulnerable communities have care available for their children.


The grant funding is intended to be spent on any area needed to maintain, improve, or increase childcare slots in a program. This could include but is not limited to operating costs and utilities, facility improvements or repairs, program supplies or equipment, staff stipends or bonuses, hiring additional staff, or providing vouchers or subsidies to eligible children. If you intend to spend on an expense outside of the above list, please contact to confirm it is an allowable expense.

Grants totaling $4,000,000 will be distributed throughout the county via geographic region and size, based on the number of children (ages 0 to 5 years) enrolled in the program, and according to the below categories.

  • $10,000 for facilities with up to 10 children

  • $25,000 for facilities with 11 to 30 children

  • $40,000 for facilities with 31 to 60 children

  • $55,000 for facilities with over 60 children


Eligible grant applicants must:

  • Be located in San Mateo County

  • Operate a licensed childcare center, licensed family childcare home, or be license-exempt (e.g., public recreation center*, school district-operated program, etc.)

*Public recreation center means a program operated by the state, city, county, special district, school district, community college district, chartered city, or chartered city and county

  • Serve non-school age children from 0 to 5 years old

  • Provide a W-9 form

  • Provide self-attestation on negative fiscal impact from COVID-19

  • Have not received the 2022 Childcare Grant already since September 2022

Application Priorities

Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • Serve low-income or socio-economically disadvantaged families*

*Socio-economically disadvantaged (SED) is defined as 80% of the Area Median Income (i.e., $149,100 annual income for a family of four)

  • Serve children with special needs

  • Serve children who are learning English as a second language

  • Serve children enrolled in foster care

  • Offer subsidies, vouchers, or sliding-scale tuition

  • Participate in other County programs such as The Big Lift and Quality Counts

  • Have not received a grant from the Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County (4Cs) in 2022

Application Process

Applications will be accepted starting Friday, November 18, 2022, 8:00am and reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Note that the majority of the $4,000,000 in funding has been awarded already in a previous round of the grant.

Organizations with multiple program sites should complete a separate application for each program location.


For any questions about the program or application, contact:


California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has released new grant funding to benefit microbusinesses in San Mateo County. The first-round deadline to apply is Monday, April 11, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted after April 11 until all funds are awarded. Please submit your eligibility form as soon as possible. The portal will close when all funds are awarded.


To receive this grant you must:

  • Have a business located in San Mateo County

    • The business must have started before December 31, 2019

    • The business must have been the main source of the business owner’s income in 2019

    • The business must be legally operating (i.e. paying sales tax, registered with the state as appropriate)

    • The business must have fewer than 5 employees (in 2019, 2020 and now)

  • Have gross revenues (sales) under $50,000 in 2019 taxable year

  • Demonstrate that your business was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Not have received the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant. If you received PPP, EIDL or any county grant, you are still eligible, if you meet the other criteria.

To begin the application process, complete the eligibility form below:

Review frequently asked questions to learn more about the grant program:

If your business is located outside of San Mateo County, click here to review contacts for other California counties offering this grant program.

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If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Anthony at

Support hotlines for application assistance​ (available weekdays between 9:00am - 4:00pm)​

English: 650-321-2193 x 1103​

Spanish: 650-829-4660

Chinese: 888-262-7552​

Tagalog: 415-766-7059

Mircofood Business Grant Program Instructions

If you received a grant, follow the instructions below for uploading your materials to confirm your business’ eligibility.

Click below for instructions for uploading your materials.

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