Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Northland Foundation is making available grants up to $10,000 each for “shovel ready” child care center start-up or expansion projects in the region. The projects must be “shovel-ready” with the expectation of being completed between June 30, 2019 and April 30, 2020.

Licensed or soon-to-be licensed child care centers are eligible to apply. Centers must provide services in the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis, or the Tribal Nations that share the same geography in northeastern Minnesota. In addition, applicants must have, or agree to earn a Parent Aware Quality Rating.

Priority will be given to projects that are adding openings for infant care.

At least five grants are expected to be awarded. Applicants will receive notice of funding decisions by June 5, 2019.

There is an Application Link under What’s Happening on our website www.northlandfdn.org or use the direct link: bit.ly/nf-childcare-grants.

Application deadline is Friday, May 10. For questions, contact: Zane Bail at 218-723-4040 or 800-433-4045.

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