Child Care Grant application period closed for 2019

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 2019 child care expenses.

You must apply during the September 5-28 application period to receive funding during the 2019 calendar year. If you are pregnant, or planning to adopt, and expect to have child care expenses in 2019 you must apply at this time – applications after September 28, 2018 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, 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 applying for a grant.

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 applications is on the Students with Families website.