Shared Services: Discounts & Grants
Through our Shared Services Program, Raise Montana has negotiated discounted rates on supplies and services essential to managing a child care business such as educational materials, cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, office supplies, and food. When child care programs come together in purchasing, they are able to access the best discounts and have more power in negotiations with suppliers. Discounts on supplies go a long way in making sure that child care programs remain open.
First Book is a nonprofit organization working exclusively with programs and schools serving kids in need to ensure that they have access to top quality books and educational resources at deep discounts. Montana child care providers are invited to create an account.
Food and Supply Source
Food & Supply Source members can save on supplies and services including office materials, bulk food, educational supplies, first aid kits and more
For more than 50 years, Kaplan Early Learning Company has been a champion for play. From our research-based curricula to enriching classroom environments and innovative technology solutions, Kaplan's products and services inspire a lifelong love of learning in children and educators.
15% discount and free UPS shipping for orders over $300 or more!
Your one-stop teacher supply store, Lakeshore offers a huge range of teaching resources and classroom decor, plus high-quality classroom furniture, hands-on learning products and so much more.
5% discount and free shipping on orders over $100!
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Searching for and finding grants can be a pain. Raise Montana is committed to keeping you informed about potential funding sources for your child care business.
Community Investment Program Grants
Grants are up to $50,000 for a wide variety of projects that improve the quality of life in communities in this area (essentially, anything but operating expenses).
June 1st, 2023 (First Round) (1st
November 1st, 2023 (Second Round)
Only open to nonprofits in Rosebud, Custer, and Fallon Counties
Sample Foundation Capital Expenditure Grants
The Sample Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2023 grant cycle. The Foundation's mission is to provide grants to nonprofits in areas of health, social welfare and services for underserved populations. They only fund capital expenditures (i.e., items that depreciate such as equipment and building projects.) They do not fund capital campaigns, religious organizations, the arts, or operating expenses which include salaries, supplies, gas and subscriptions. Their grants average $3,000-$5,000.
Grant deadline is August 1, 2023
Only open to nonprofits
Raise Montana: Tech Grant (Currently Closed)
The grant is currently closed after awarding 19 grants to child care providers across the state.
Click Here to Be Notified When the Grant Reopens
Child Care Management Systems and Accounting Systems save providers valuable time and money by streamlining, centralizing and simplifying administrative tasks. Example features can include record keeping, attendance tracking, licensing compliance, enrollment management, tuition invoicing, payment tracking and much more. Or perhaps you and your staff would be more efficient at completing trainings if you had access to a laptop instead of a phone/tablet. Raise Montana provides grants to child care programs to implement new technology or subsidize existing technology to support programs. Grant availability is based on funding and may be limited.