NC Parents Could Receive $335 Child Care Grant
If you’re a parent or guardian of a child in North Carolina, you could be eligible for a grant to help with the cost of child care and virtual learning during the pandemic. The North Carolina Department of Revenue is currently accepting applications for a credit initiative for parents and guardians that is part of NC House Bill 1105, a COVID-19 relief package signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on September 4.
According to the law, the one-time payment will “use funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to help families with qualifying children in North Carolina by providing economic support to assist with virtual schooling and child-care costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Here are answers to a few common questions about this child care grant and details on who needs to apply and who will automatically receive a grant award.
Question: If I didn’t file a 2019 state tax return solely because my gross income did not exceed the state filing requirements, can I still apply for the child care grant?
Answer: Yes. As long as you meet the grant criteria, you are eligible to apply.
Question: Can I receive a payment for each child?
Answer: No. The child care grant is issued to one individual, not by the number of children.
Question: Can both myself and my significant other receive payments?
Answer: No. A child can only be claimed as a qualifying child by one applicant. Whichever parent or caregiver claimed the child on their 2019 income tax form would receive the payment.
Question: What are the qualifying conditions for the child care grant?
Answer: In general, a qualifying child must meet all of the following:
Be your daughter, son, stepchild, eligible foster child, sister, brother, step-sibling, half-sibling, or a descendant of any of the above (for example, your nephew or grandchild).
- Been under age 17 at the end of 2019.
- Lived with you for more than half of 2019.
- Not provided more than half of their support during 2019.
- The child was a US citizen, US national, or US resident alien.
- Not filed a joint federal tax return for 2019.
- Been listed as a dependent on your 2019 tax return if you are required to file. If you did not file, but you would have listed the child on your return, you would qualify to apply.
Also, the applicant must have been a North Carolina resident for the 2019 calendar year.
For additional questions about whether or not your child qualifies as a dependent, use this helpful link.
Question: I filed a 2019 tax return. Do I need to apply?
Answer: If you file or filed a 2019 state income tax return on or before October 15, 2020, were a North Carolina resident for the 2019 calendar year or filed jointly with a spouse that was a resident for the entire 2019 calendar year, listed at least one qualifying child, and received your return via direct deposit, you will receive an automatic child care grant award through direct deposit to the same account that you received your 2019 tax return.
Question: I did not file a 2019 tax return but meet all of the criteria. How do I apply?
Answer: You can apply for the child care grant online or by mail. Click here to visit the website to apply.
Question: When will I receive the child care grant funds?
Answer: The grant funds will be distributed as soon as possible, but no later than December 15, 2020.
- Some tax preparation software systems inaccurately listed the number of qualifying children for families who filed a 2019 Form D-400. According to the law, individuals who filed a Form D-400 for 2019 and listed at least one qualifying child on line 10a are eligible for an automatic grant. However, the NC Department of Revenue has become aware that some tax preparation software incorrectly reported line 10a as “0” — which would disqualify the person from receiving the grant. For more information, visit the NC Department of Revenue’s notice page.
- Increased web traffic on the online portal leads to errors for some people trying to access the application. If you receive an error, please remain patient and try again later.
For all other questions or for additional information, visit the Extra Credit Grants website.
For assistance finding child care, visit our website or call our office at 252.758.8885.