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Crow Wing County seeking child care provider applications for funds

Grant funding is new effort to combat childcare shortage.

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Crow Wing County is using a new funding opportunity to address the shortage of quality child care in the area.

The county allocated $500,000 toward child care assistance grants available to existing child care providers and new start-up child care businesses. The application window is open through Monday, Dec. 6.

Crow Wing County retains the right to determine if a project meets the eligibility criteria for this program. Further, because there are no limits placed on the grant amounts that can be applied for, Crow Wing County retains the right to fund grant applications at the requested amounts but may also fund grant applications at less than what is requested.

Applications can be submitted online through Google forms and must be completed by 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6.

County funds must be used to implement solutions to reduce the child care shortage in Crow Wing County, including but not limited to funding for:

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Eligible expenses that include:

  • Child care business start-up or expansion.

  • Training.

  • Facility modifications or improvements required for licensing, and assistance with licensing and other regulatory requirements.

  • Equipment included but not limited to playground equipment, safety equipment, technology, curriculum, etc.

Requirements:

  • Physical location must be in Crow Wing County.

  • Must be licensed through the state of Minnesota or obtaining license to operate. Funds will not be distributed until proof of license is obtained.

  • Acceptance of these child care funds is a commitment to remain in business for two years.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Fundraising.

  • Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services.

  • Lobbyists, political contributions.

  • Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges or contingency funds.

  • Parking or traffic violations.

  • Out of state transportation and travel expenses. (Minnesota will be considered the home state for determining whether travel is out of state.)

For the online application:

  • Applicants will find the online application on the Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp website at www.growbrainerdlakes.org

  • Applicants will be required to upload a proposal narrative. This is an overview of your proposed project. Describe how this project will increase the supply of quality child care, targeted communities served, projected timeline of your project, and what the requested funds will be used for.

  • Applicants will be required to upload a detailed budget that lists out each expense and the amount along with a budget narrative to explain your numbers.

For start-up businesses, it is required to provide a business plan and detailed financial projections. If you need assistance with these requirements, BLAEDC can connect you with a business consultant.
For more information, call 218-828-0096 or email tyler@growbrainerdlakes.org .

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