There are many different types of grants and scholarships available for those in the early child care setting.

District 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. The application period for the Service Grant has closed for 2020.

Contact the Grant Administrator for Start-up and Emergency Grant applications year round.


Annual Service Award Grant Applications are now on Develop!

Please see instructions and guidance below, then proceed to to access the grant application.
Grant application Guide

PDF Grant Information Power Point

Step by Step Grant Application Instructions on Develop



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.

Statewide Grants

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.