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.