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, certified, or exempt from licensing to apply for each year from September 1-25.

New this year: Apply through Develop!
Applicants must have an active Develop Membership and registered Organization profile with completed tabs. 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 basic information on types of items that would be approved for the grant and the grants amounts, please read the Grant Application Guide from last year found below (updated annually). 2021 Regional Grant Application Guide coming soon!

Programs MUST read the Grant Application Guide and use it to complete the online Application.

Regional Grant Application Guide (2021)
Regional Grant Workshop PowerPoint (2021)


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  • Please read the Grant Application Guide before applying!
  • 10% of your request must be multicultural 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?
      • Regional 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.
  • Do not apply before September 1st or after September 25th. Early or late applications will be denied.
  • Receipts must be legible and include:
    • Date purchased
    • Where item was purchased (store name)
    • What was purchased
    • Cost of item(s)
    • Total amount
    • Where item was shipped (if shipping was used), include name and address
    • Proof of payment

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.