Child Care Grant Program




The demand for child care services far exceeds the current capacity of licensed child care providers in North Dakota. According to Child Care Aware ND, there are 120,371 children potentially needing care in North Dakota, yet the licensed child care capacity statewide is only 36,529.

This grant program will provide financial assistance to rural child care facilities in North Dakota so they can continue providing their community with care and education for our children. Licensed child care providers are eligible for this grant, whether you provide in-home child care services or operate a child care center.


  • Be licensed by the state of North Dakota. New facilities must have a pending application.

  • New facilities must be prepared to open within 6 months.

  • Be based in and primarily serve families in the following counties: Burleigh, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Grand Forks, Kidder, LaMoure, Mercer, Pembina, Stark, Stutsman, or Walsh.

  • The facility is in a community with a population of less than 10,000.

  • Demonstrate general fiscal responsibility and agree to use the grant funds to further the quality of care provided to its children and families served. Facilities must be in good financial standing with no tax liens, judgments, etc.

  • Funds may be used for reimbursement of a prior completed project (completed within the calendar year of your application) or can be used to pay for a planned project to take place no later than 12 months after your grant is awarded.

  • Submit a complete and accurate application providing all requested information by the stated deadline.

  • The Child Care Grant is currently limited to rural North Dakota facilities to support communities with the greatest need. Many of North Dakota’s smaller communities are faced with a decline in childcare availability, posing significant challenges for working families and their local economy.


  • 5/31/2024 & 9/30/2024


Posted on

May 29, 2024