WCI 2020 GEERS Early Care & Education Wraparound Grants

The CARES GEERS funding through West Central Initiative is available for programs that serve, care for and educate young children (ages birth to 8), located in the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin Counties and including the area of White Earth Nation located within Becker County.

Grants are available for programs whose general operations have been impacted by COVID-19 or must alter their service delivery to continue to care for, serve and educate young children. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for licensed family providers with five or more school-age children, center-based child care, human services organizations, school-based programs, school-age care programs and mental & dental health services.

This is a competitive funding cycle with a total budget of $150,000. If you need an application in a different format than the fillable PDF download below, please contact Marsha Erickson: marsha.erickson@wcif.org or 218-998-1628. We will try to accommodate to the best of our ability.

Application deadline: 4:00 pm, October 30, 2020.

Save the application form to your own computer, fill in the responses, save and email your completed application to marsha.erickson@wcif.org.

Applicable proposal examples include, but not limited to:

•Hiring additional staff to cover added responsibilities that have been brought on since COVID-19, but not built into your typical operations budget.

•Acquiring and accommodating additional space or equipment with the intent to provide services yet keep children and staff safe.

•Providing services for underserved communities that have been impacted disproportionally by COVID-19

•Other programs and services that serve young children but have been greatly altered by COVID-19.