Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

State grants aim to increase number of child care providers

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now accepting proposals for state child care grants.

Under the program, local governments and non-profit organizations may be eligible to apply for grant funding to help address the state’s child care shortage. Uses for the grant money include: child care business start-up or expansion, training, facility modifications or improvements required for licensing, and assistance with licensing and other regulatory requirements.

A total of $519,000 in funding is available, but the maximum award for a single grant is $100,000. According to DEED, eight to 12 grants are expected to be awarded. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Nov. 3. More information about the grant program and how to apply can found be in this request for proposals.

If you are interested in finding out more, DEED is also conducting an informational conference call about the grant program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The call-in number is 1-888-742-5095 and the conference code is 761-492-1901.

GMNP members invited to Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall Conference

Our sister organization, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, has extended an invitation to all GMNP members to attend the CGMC Fall Conference, which will be held Nov. 16-17 at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria.

The conference will touch on many issues that are important to economic development in Greater Minnesota, including child care, broadband, economic development and environmental regulations. You can view the conference agenda here.

Registration for the conference is now open. You can register online at Attendees can either pay now via credit card or be invoiced later.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Julie Liew at