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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is currently accepting applications to support child care start-up and expansion projects. Child care centers and family child care programs in SMIF’s 20-county region are eligible to apply. Requests of up to $10,000 for child care centers and $2,000 for family child care programs will be considered.


Applicants are encouraged to consider submissions to support new or existing programs that demonstrate an increase in overall child care slots using the grant dollars. There will be a focus on programs that provide full-time, year-round child care for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children.


Want to learn more?

To provide additional support for development of grant applications, SMIF will be hosting an online information webinar to provide grant program overview and answer questions from interested parties:

Applications are due by January 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. via email to jenniferh@smifoundation.org or postal mail to:

Grants Coordinator
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
PO Box 695
Owatonna, MN 55060

Questions? Contact Heidi Coulter, Early Childhood Project Manager, at heidic@smifoundation.org or 507-214-7015