Child Care Facilities Fund Assistance

Creating more quality child care places in San Mateo is important to the City. To help address that need, the City of San Mateo created the Child Care Facilities Development Fee. The funds are legally restricted to capital expenditures for child care, but that includes a wide variety of ways those funds can be used. The Interim Child Care Facilities Fund Guidelines provides the important information about the types of assistance opportunities. The expected result is high quality child care available to families with children ages birth up to age 5 or to facilities providing licensed school-age care.

Access to funding assistance is available on an open and rolling process for accepting applications. When the City determines that there are insufficient funds for viable projects, accepting applications may pause until such time sufficient funds have accumulated. It is expected that applicants for funds have reviewed the Child Care Startup Guide and completed the Child Care Site Assessment process prior to submitting any application.

There are two primary ways to apply for funds: Child Care Facilities Fund Loan Application and Child Care Facilities Fund Letter of Inquiry. The sections below have links to more information and the related documents.

Facilities Funds 
Loan Application

The loans provided under this process have three key benefits:

  • Interest free
  • No payments
  • Forgivable


Facilities Fund
Letter of Inquiry

Interest in other types of development projects or partnerships with the City will require a Letter of Inquiry providing descriptions and information about the proposed project.