Regional Grants – Application Period: September 1-25 every year!

Are you looking for grant money to advance your professional development or to help purchase curriculum and assessment tools? Do you need to meet health and safety requirements or enhance your learning environment? These are the types of improvements to child care programs made possible by the Child Care Aware Regional Grants Program. Regional Grants are available for any early childhood program or provider who is licensed, soon-to-be licensed, or exempt from licensing to apply for each year from September 1-25.

Applicants must have a Develop Membership and registered Organization on Develop to apply. If you do not have an active Develop membership and Organization profile, see the guides here.

Grantees will be required to complete 12 hours of approved training. The cost of participating in this required training is the grantee’s responsibility. This expense may be included as part of the grant application. The timeline for completing the training requirement will be outlined in your award letter if you receive this grant. The required training must be approved on Develop.

For more detailed information, please read the updated Grant Application Guide found below. Programs MUST read the Grant Application Guide and use it to complete the Application.

Grant Application Guide


Please send applications by September 25th to:

Families First of Minnesota
Attn: Dawn Eckhoff/Grants
126 Woodlake Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
  • Please read the Grant Application Guide before applying!
  • Sign your application before mailing!
  • 10% of your request must be Multi-Cultural items!
    • Why is it important to have multicultural (or Culturally Responsive) resources in my program if all my children and families are of one race?
      • Child Care Services grants require that 10% of your purchases be multicultural resources. Research has shown that children begin to create ideas about race very early on – typically, by ages three and four.  For this reason, it is important to teach all children about differences and help them develop individual and group identities based on personal abilities and interests, rather than race and entitlement.  This is crucial in order for children to be able to develop unbiased and successful relationships with others as adults.
Regional Grant Application

For questions or additional information, please contact Dawn Eckhoff, Southern District Grants Coordinator, at or 507-424-1525 or 1-800-462-1660 ext. 1525.