ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has launched another round of Child Care Economic Development grants, which authorize $5 million over the next two years for grants to local communities to increase child care providers to support economic development in Minnesota.

Program funds can be used for child care business startups or expansions, training, facility modifications, direct subsidies or incentives to retain employees, or improvements required for licensing, and assistance with licensing and other regulatory requirements.

DEED seeks proposals from local governments or nonprofits with experience in the operations, financing, advocacy or advancement of the delivery of child care services. Qualified parties may request up to $300,000.

Priority will be given to communities that have a documented shortage of child care providers in their proposed project area. The definition of documented shortages may include disparities in access to affordable quality child care among targeted groups including but not limited to rural communities, low-income communities, Black, Indigenous and people of color individuals, persons with disabilities, veterans, and women.

All applications must be received by 4 p.m. Sept. 30.

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For more information, attend DEED’s webinar from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at