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Child Care Start-up and Expansion Grants

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.

To provide additional support for development of grant applications, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation hosted online information webinars to provide grant program overview and answer questions from interested parties. View the recordings below:

Please email Jeff Andrews, Early Childhood Business Consultant, at to view a recording of the webinar.

For grant award consideration, submit a completed application by January 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. via email to or postal mail to:

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

All applicants will be contacted via email or telephone to confirm receipt of their application. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by February 21, 2020.

For further information or questions contact Heidi Coulter, Early Childhood Project Manager, at or 507-214-7015.

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