Start Up Grants – Limited Availability!

Startup Grants are now available to recently licensed or soon-to-be licensed programs. Grants may also be available to programs that are expanding their child care license.

Startup grants cover items that are required to open your license including reimbursement for approved required training, Fire Marshal fees, and equipment and materials required to open a child care license.

Programs must have had their initial visit with their licensor before submitting an application. Applicants need to attach a letter of recommendation from their licensor with the application.  All items requested should be included in the letter from the licensor (subject to Grant Administrator and Grant Committee approval).

If a program is in the process of getting licensed while a Startup Grant is awarded, they must submit a copy of the active license and their Develop KCF Learning Record (showing 12 hours of approved training) before reimbursement will be made.

Please send applications to:

Families First of Minnesota
Attn: Dawn Eckhoff/Grants
126 Woodlake Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Start Up Grant Application Guide
Start Up 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.