Quality Matters Fund

This fund provides one-time capital support for early learning programs to expand their capacity, increase quality, and/or make capital improvements in response to COVID-19 safety protocols to serve vulnerable families. Eligible programs seeking grant funding can apply for awards up to $50,000.


Before applying, please ensure your organization meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • You are an existing high-quality operator (3 Star) or you have submitted a plan for increasing quality 
  • You are a non‐profit or for‐profit organization with a Tennessee child care license
  • You currently serve low‐income populations (which means at least 50% of your client population are low income children, as defined by 250% Federal Poverty Level)
  • All needed project funding beyond this application has been secured. 

Before applying, please ensure your expansion project meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • The proposed project will be located in Chattanooga, TN
  • You can demonstrate ownership or long‐term lease (can be forthcoming for a new location)

Preference will be given to applications and projects that have or consider the following:

  • Strong track-record for serving vulnerable populations
  • Demonstration of need for high-quality child care in the proposed location
  • Increasing infant or toddler seats

Important Dates

Dec 2              Applications Released

Dec 9              Applicant Training Released

Jan 8             Applications Due

Feb 5              Awards Announced

If you have any questions, please email earlymatterschatt@gmail.com.

About Us

Early Matters meets the second Thursday of every month at 1:30PM.


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