UPDATE (March 30): Due to an overwhelming response, our Emergency Child Care Grant application is currently closed, and we are no longer accepting applications.
To help us process our applications as quickly as possible, we are requesting that you do not contact us with questions about your application. This includes updates to the number of children you serve or status requests for your application. The application was intended to be simple and provide a snapshot in time of the families you serve and is enough information for our review. We do not need additional or updated information from you.
We are working hard to respond to your applications within the next two weeks and may not be able to respond to individual application questions. We are doing our best to support as many providers in our region as we can.
Thanks for your understanding and ALL you do to support our southwest Minnesota kids and families!
If you’re located outside of our southwest Minnesota region, please find details about other programs around the state at greaterminnesota.net/childcare. Southwest Initiative Foundation’s grant program includes the following counties or Native Nations: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, Yellow Medicine, Upper Sioux Community, or Lower Sioux Indian Community.
If you want to help and have resources to make a donation, you can give to our COVID-19 Child Care Response and Recovery Fund to help licensed child care providers with immediate and long-term needs. Your gift will help us support more providers. Thank you!
Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is accepting applications for Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants. Grants are for licensed child care providers serving essential workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Child care programs eligible to apply for grants include licensed family and group family programs, licensed child care centers, and tribally licensed child care programs.Learn More