Families First of MN serves the following counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona.

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General Grant Information

The Child Care Aware Grants Program is available to all early childhood programs to help fund supplies, equipment, technology and professional development.

Regional Grants are offered annually and are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified child care programs.  Grant applications are available September 1 of each year and must be submitted by September 25 for consideration.  Applications are available in your Organization Profile on the Develop website.

Click here for instructions on how to apply.

Click here for instructions on what to do once you have been awarded.

Startup Grants are available year-round depending on funding to cover items required to open a child care license and to help cover startup costs.

Emergency Grants may also be available year-round to help cover costs associated with emergency situations based on the availability of funding.

For more information, please see the pages for each type of grant by clicking on the corresponding link in the menu to the right. If you have questions, please contact Dawn Eckhoff, Southern District Grants Coordinator, at dawne@familiesfirstmn.org or 507-424-1525 or 1-800-462-1660 ext. 1525.

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