Child care providers affected by COVID-19 are now eligible for $1,000 relief grants from Becker County.

The Becker County Board created the emergency relief grant program after consulting with local business owners, childcare providers, and the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

Funds will come from a $665,000 state grant that went to Becker County earlier to develop grant programs for businesses impacted by COVID-19. “Child Care is essential to keep the workforce in place, without childcare the workforce is negatively impacted. This grant will help offset some of their costs incurred,” Becker County Board Chair Barry Nelson said in a county news release.

Certified child care centers, child care centers, and family child care providers all qualify for this $1,000 emergency child care assistance grant.

Childcare providers must have been actively caring for children as of Feb. 16, and must be caring for children other than their own.

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Grants will be awarded directly to the licensed childcare providers; prior to receiving these grants, the business must complete a W-9 form. If other licensed childcare facilities are identified in need, additional consideration may be made depending on number of applications and availability of funds.

Businesses that qualify will sign an agreement certifying their business has been financially impacted by the state’s Executive Orders, and that grant funds will be used to cover costs during COVID-19.

Online grant applications are now available, but don’t wait too long: Applications received after March 8 will not be considered. The application is located on the Becker County website at www.co.becker.mn.us .

Questions? Contact Becker County EDA Director Guy Fischer at 218-846-7330 or guy.fischer@co.becker.mn.us.