Community Child Care Solutions grants available to eligible applicants

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is accepting applications for Community Child Care Solutions grants.

The program is part of NMF’s efforts to improve the area’s childcare situation, through providing support to providers and family educators.

Eligible entities are government, nonprofit, or for-profit groups serving the region, including Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, and Hubbard counties. Eligible expenses include security features, staffing a child care program, incentives for new providers, and assistance for existing providers that struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of $157,500 will be available for up to $22,500 per award. Proposals are due on Aug. 13, and grants will be awarded around Sept. 17.

Interested applicants are encouraged to view the full Request for Proposals online under “Open Grant Rounds” on the NMF website,

Anyone who has questions or needs additional information should contact Missy Okeson, Program Officer, at

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