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Minnesota opens application period for economic development grants for child care

Funds aim to help reside child care shortages.

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says it has launched the latest round of  Child Care Economic Development Grants .

This authorizes $4.85 million over two fiscal years for grants to community partners to increase quality child care providers to support economic development across Minnesota. A total of $2.425 million will be available in this second round of funding; $2.425 million was awarded previously to 14 projects.

DEED says it is seeking proposals from local governments or nonprofits with experience in the operations, financing, advocacy, or advancement of the delivery of child care services. Qualified parties may request up to $300,000 in state funds for this program.

Individual child care providers, both centers and family-based, seeking funds to establish new operations or expanding existing operations are encouraged to partner on their funding request with local or regional organizations with experience in the planning or financing of child care facilities.

Priority will be given to communities that have a documented shortage of child care providers in their proposed project area. The definition of documented shortages may include disparities in access to affordable quality child care among targeted groups including but not limited to rural communities, low-income communities, Black, Indigenous and people of color individuals, persons with disabilities, veterans, and women.

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All applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. CT Aug. 30.

Proposals should be submitted by email to MNSBP.DEED@state.mn.us in a single PDF file. Award recipients will be notified in October.

Upcoming webinar 

DEED will hold an informational webinar at two times – 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – on Tuesday, July 26, for those wanting to learn more.

To join the meeting from your smartphone, tablet or computer, click the  Microsoft Teams meeting link here  or call 651-395-7448 (conference ID 175 607 021#).

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