We've received an overwhelming response to our Child Care Emergency Grant Program. We're no longer accepting applications. To help us process our applications as quickly as possible, we're requesting that you do not contact us with questions about your application or resubmit your application.
West Central Initiative and the five other Minnesota Initiative Foundations created an Emergency Child Care Grant Program to provide grants to licensed child-care providers in Greater Minnesota. Grants were awarded first come, first served of $1,000 to family-based providers and $3,000 to center-based providers within its west central Minnesota service area that includes Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties and White Earth Nation. To be eligible, providers were required to be caring for the children (ages birth to 5 years) of parents or guardians who are working in government-identified critical sectors that are exempt from the stay-at-home order. To learn more about who is considered a critical worker, please visit the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s website.