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Community Based Child Care Grant Program: Now Taking Applications

Workforce challenges include childcare shortages. Recently the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Department of Social Services released details on a Community Based Child Care Grant program. Both agencies are working together to provide a two-phase funding opportunity for communities to help with solutions to South Dakota childcare challenges.

  • PLANNING: Provide funding for communities to develop innovative strategies and detailed plans for addressing childcare challenges geared toward increasing state-licensed childcare capacity.
  • IMPLEMENTATION: Provide funding to implement the strategies and plans that are created with the planning grants.

The emphasis for this grant program is to provide funds for community-based childcare solutions. Community-based shall be defined as there being more than one entity, each serving an essential role(s) in a partnering arrangement. The community-based solution is then collectively involved in either some or all the planning and implementation phases of the project. Entities that collaborate to form a community-based solution may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Local Economic Development Organizations (preferred applicant)
  2. Community Coalitions/Collaboratives/Groups
  3. Public/Private Partnerships
  4. Local Governments
  5. Businesses
  6. School Districts
  7. Non-profit Organizations
  8. For Profit Organizations
  9. Existing Childcare Providers


Approximately $3.0 MM. Funds have been made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). They are federal, one-time funds. To learn more about the Community Based Child Care Grant Program, click here.

Applications are due end of day October 27, 2023.


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