The Northland Foundation has already received more Emergency Child Care Grant Program applications than the $150,000 we have on hand to fund them, so we are creating a Waiting List. We wish we were able to give grants right away to all the applicants. We are working to secure more funding from other partners to increase the funding pool.

Dear child care professionals,

We know that now, more than ever, you’re facing new challenges as COVID-19 impacts our families, businesses and communities. THANK YOU for being there for kids and families during this scary time!  

We want to help you! That’s why we have created the Emergency Child Care Grant Program to offer immediate financial support to licensed family- and center-based child care providers caring for children whose parents/guardians are designated as emergency personnel and other essential workers.

On a first-come, first-served basis, the Northland Foundation will be making grants to licensed child care programs caring for children of emergency and essential personnel, as defined by Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-02. This grant program will support providers caring for children ages birth to 5 not covered by the executive order requiring schools to provide care.
  • Licensed family child care will be eligible for $1,000 grants.
  • Licensed center-based care will be eligible for $3,000 grants.
  • Providers must be located within one of the following counties or Native Nations: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis County, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe-District 1) or Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe-District 2.
  • We intend to provide a response and funding within two weeks of applications being received.
If you have specific questions about the application process, please contact Northland Foundation Grants Manager, Carol Chipman by email at

As always, THANK YOU for all you are doing to care for children and families especially during this difficult time.     


Now, for the really good news: On Friday, March 27, the Minnesota Legislature passed a COVID-19 aid bill including $30 million to help child care. More details about this relief funding should be available in the days to come, which we will share with you.


Here are some helpful sources of information for child care providers 

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* 1. Are you a licensed family or center-based program (check one)? Unfortunately due to limited funding, school-based programs are not eligible for this grant.

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* 2. In what County or Native Nation is your program located? (check one)

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* 3. Please provide the legal  name of your child care business.

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* 4. What is your Minnesota child care license number?

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* 5. Please provide the following information for the person who is the primary contact for this application.

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* 6. The purpose of this funding is to help licensed child care programs to provide care for children ages 0-5 of emergency and essential personnel as outlined in Executive Order 20-02.  Find the full list of essential personnel outlined in Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-02 here. Click the link to view as a pdf.  

How many children of emergency and essential personnel  are you serving during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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* 7. How many total children are currently being served in your child care program?

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* 8. By submitting this application, I affirm that I am a licensed childcare provider serving Emergency Workers (Tier 1) and Essential Workers (Tier 2) as specified by the Minnesota Governor’s Executive Order 20-02. I also affirm that I will continue to provide childcare for the families of these workers.  Please sign by typing your name in the comment box.