Child Care Aware Grants

Child Care Aware Grants

There are many different types of grants and scholarships available for those in the early child care setting. Click on any of the tabs below to find out more information or call our Grants Administrator at 800-890-5399.

  • District Grants
  • Statewide Grants
  • Applications
  • Other Grants

Types of Grants

Annual Service Grants

A mended fence, an updated safer crib purchase, a class on child development or new art supplies. These are the types of improvements to child care programs made possible by the Child Care Aware Grants Program.

The Annual Service Grant applications are available to qualified child care providers. And can be used for a variety of purchases, including but not limited to:

- Purchase of curricula
- Purchase of materials, toys, equipment activity centers, assessment tools
- Purchases to promote health and wellness, also household safety, child safety and outdoor safety
- Training and Education

Grant funds are limited and are awarded on a competitive basis. Unlike Start-up and Emergency grants, that are on-going while funds last, the Annual Service Grants are open only for a limited time in the fall of each year. Applications for the next Grant round will be posted in September 2014. (Click on the Application tab to access current year applications and to see deadline dates.)

Start-Up Grants

These funds are available to assist with the costs associated with start-up for newly licensed or soon to be licensed child care providers/programs. Grants are limited to items and services required in writing by licensing or the Fire Marshal. 

Emergency Grants

These grants are to assist child care providers who are experiencing an emergency that jeopardizes their immediate ability to provide services, or is experiencing a situation that affects the health and safety of children in care.

TEACH Grants

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood MINNESOTA is a scholarship program that helps early childhood and school-age care professionals increase their education, compensation and commitment to the field.  More information about the TEACH Grant.


R.E.E.T.A.I.N (Retaining Early Educators Through Attaining Incentives Now) is a workforce retention program that strives to reduce the turnover rates among child care providers who work with young children. Grant recipients are free to use grant dollars as they choose. Grant dollars are considered additional salary and may be used to pay bills, reinvest in your in your child care setting, or cover personal expenses. More Information about the RETAIN Grant.

Grant Applications and Guides - Currently Not Available

Check Back September 1st. Please be aware if applications are not filled out in their entirety or incorrectly they may be rejected; these are competitive grants so please be sure to take your time when filling it out. For more information on how to fill out your application please see the Grant writing workshop listed below.

You may access Grant Application here on September 1st, 2014 by clicking this link.

Currently Child Care Aware of Minnesota has funds available to reimburse  LNL (Legal Non-Licensed) providers for training costs. For more information on how to access these funds please contact our District Office at 320-629-5164.