Emergency grants for child care providers available.
Apply by April 15th
As part of their COVID-19 Response Supplemental Budget proposal, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan proposed $30 million in funding for emergency grants for licensed child care providers serving essential workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Child care providers and educators themselves are expressly listed as essential.
The Department of Human Services, Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, and Child Care Aware of Minnesota are working together to distribute these funds. The grants are through Child Care Aware Minnesota. They can provide:
- A monthly grant award of at least $4,500
- An additional grant of $1,000 per month to facilities that have extended hours (nights and weekends), special needs care, or non-English speakers on site.
- An additional grant of up to $15,500 per month for facilities that serve more than 15 kids.
- The maximum grant is $21,000 per month. Providers can receive grants for more than one month, but the grant amount may change month-to-month.
These types of businesses can apply:
- Licensed family and group family programs
- Licensed child care centers (home-based or not)
- Tribally licensed child care programs
To be eligible, the applicant should:
- Have a license in good standing
- May not be operating on a conditional license, under revocation, or under temporary immediate suspension
- May not be the subject of a finding of fraud
- May not be prohibited from receiving public funds under MN Statute 245.095, which requires that any provider, vendor, or individual be excluded from receiving grant funds if excluded from another DHS program
The deadline to apply is APRIL 15th. Grant recipients will be notified by April 20th.
Complete the Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants Application. Programs must complete an application in order to receive a grant.
To learn more about the grant requirements, review FAQs and more visit their website at Emergency Child Care Grants.
For more resources related to Covid-19 emergency resources please visit our Covid-19 Resources page.