Child Care Start-up or Expansion Grant

Guidelines | Application

Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, SMIF is making available the opportunity for grants of up to $10,000 for child care centers and $2,500 for family child care for “shovel ready” start-up or expansion projects. A priority will be given to programs adding openings for infant care.


  • Release of application: May 16, 2019
  • Application due: June 4, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
  • Grant awards made: June 11, 2019

Availability of Funding and Implementation Period

This funding is aimed at supporting projects that are “shovel ready” and must be paid to the recipients before June 30, 2019. The grant funds will be paid on a reimbursement basis.


For grant award consideration, submit a completed application by June 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. via
email to or postal mail to:

Grants Coordinator
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
PO Box 695
Owatonna, MN 55060


For further information or questions contact Teri Steckelberg, Early Childhood Director, at or 507-214-7015. 

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