Region 9 Counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan

Start Up Grants – Limited Availability!

If you are interested in starting your own Family Child Care or Center Care business, you can apply for up to $1000 to help with start-up costs! You can use these funds to take license required training, pay fire marshal fees and to purchase license required items for your business environment. You must have had your first visit with your licensor to apply. You also must attach a letter of recommendation from your licensor with your application. All items requested should be included in the letter from your licensor. (subject to Grant Administrator and Grant Committee approval).

Start Up Grant Application

Regional Grants – Available September 1-25 every year!

Are you looking for grant money to advance your professional development; to help you master the use of/ or purchase curriculum and assessment? Do you need to enhance your learning environments, meet health and safety requirements? If so, there is grant money available to you! Families First of Minnesota in cooperation with the Department in Human Services is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds!

Region 9 Grant Application
  • Please read the Grant Application Guide before applying!
  • Remember to sign your application before mailing!
  • REMEMBER- 10% of your request must be Multi-Cultural items!
Region 9 Grant Application Guide

If you would like further information please contact Dawn Eckhoff, Southern District Grants Coordinator, at or 507-424-1525 or 1-800-462-1660 ext. 1525

Must have a DEVELOP Membership and Organization ID to apply!