Healthy Start 2020: Increasing Access to Quality Early Childhood Care and Education Grant Program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Apr 23, 2021 11:00am PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Fields of work: Education - Preschool / Early Learning Educational Access & Equity Early Childhood Development

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: United States

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Healthy Start: Increasing Access to Quality Early Childhood Care and Education

We are updating our Healthy Start funding opportunity and guidelines in response to the COVID-19 situation. While this funding opportunity will still focus on access to quality early childhood care and education, we will prioritize funding work that addresses the unique needs of the community as a result of COVID-19.

This Healthy Start funding opportunity will provide grants of up to a total of $550,000 for one-year grants.

Our goal with this funding opportunity is to increase access to and quality of early childhood care and education. We focus on health equity, funding projects that prioritize ensuring children of color, low-income children and children in rural communities have access to quality early childhood care and education. In addition, we will prioritize funding for applicants that demonstrate that they are responding to their community’s child care needs as a result of COVID-19.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


    • To be eligible, an organization must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) community-based organization located in, or serving, Minnesota communities. 
    • Native American communities and Tribal governments.
    • Faithbased organizations are eligible if they welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief and have 501(c)(3) status.)


  • Ineligible organizations
    • Individuals.
    • For-profit organizations.
    • Private foundations.
    • With the exception of Tribal entities, government agencies and units of government are not eligible to apply.
      • Public schools, cities, counties and state agencies are considered units of government and are therefore not eligible to apply. 
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. 
    • Organizations that require membership in certain religions or advance a particular religious faith.


This page was last reviewed July 11, 2020 and last updated July 11, 2020