SMIF seeking applications for child care start-up and expansion projects

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation seeking applications for child care start-up and expansion projects
Owatonna, Minn., December 3, 2019 – Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is currently accepting applications to support child care start-up and expansion projects. Child care centers and family child care programs in SMIF’s 20-county region are eligible to apply. Requests of up to $10,000 for child care centers and $2,000 for family child care programs will be considered.
“We are grateful to the State of Minnesota for providing funding to help increase the supply of quality child care in the region, and honored to support this program,” said Rae Jean Hansen, Vice President of Early Childhood at SMIF. “Increasing the number of child care slots in our region is a critical need for working families.”
Applicants are encouraged to consider submissions to support new or existing programs that demonstrate an increase in overall child care slots using the grant dollars. There will be a focus on programs that provide full-time, year-round child care for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children.
To provide additional support for development of grant applications, SMIF will be hosting two online information webinars to provide grant program overview and answer questions from interested parties:
Applications are due by January 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. via email to or postal mail to:
Grants Coordinator
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
PO Box 695
Owatonna, MN 55060
For the application and guidelines, visit Contact Heidi Coulter, Early Childhood Project Manager, at or 507-214-7015 with any questions.
Media contact:
Katie Godfrey
Communications Director