Applications for Child Care Grant Open September 4 - 30

Applications for Cornell’s Child Care Grant Program will be accepted beginning September 4. Faculty and staff members eligible to participate in Cornell’s Flexible Spending Dependent Care Account can apply for tax-free grants of up to $5,000 to help pay for 2020 child care expenses.

(update: the Child Care Grant application period for 2020 is now closed.)

You must apply during the September 4-30 application period to receive funding during the 2020 calendar year.

If you are pregnant, or planning to adopt, and expect to have child care expenses in 2020 you must apply at this time – applications after September 30 will not be accepted.

The Child Care Grant Program  one of many programs offered through the Division of Human Resources to address the work/life balance needs of faculty and staff – covers eligible child care expenses, including infant and toddler daycare, pre-school/pre-K programs, school-age summer day camps/programs, and school-age before- and after-school care for children who are legal dependents of faculty or staff members.

To receive grant funds on a tax-free basis, faculty and staff must be eligible to participate in the dependent care flexible spending account. See complete eligibility requirements in the online FAQs. Cornell Cooperative Extension County Association employees are not eligible to apply for the grant program.

Detailed information on the program, the application, and eligibility requirements are available on the Child Care Grant website. Questions can be directed to the HR Services and Transitions Center at 607-255-3937 or email

Undergraduate and graduate/professional student child care grant information, guidelines and application are on the Students with Families website.