Request MN Application

Rural communities are invited to submit an application for the 2021 /2022 cohorts.

This year there will be two rounds of applications. Rural Minnesota communities are invited to submit an application for the 2022 or 2023 cohort.  Applications will be accepted until the deadlines:

Round 1 Application Deadline May 20, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST
Round 2 Application Deadline November 11, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST

While many communities have child care shortages, only some are ready to roll up their sleeves and embark on the journey to address this critical community issue.  Through this competitive process, First Children’s Finance will select communities who demonstrate commitment to the community engagement process over an 18-24 month period.

Historically all RCCIP activities have been held in-person.  With the pandemic we have developed systems to adapt the RCCIP process so it can be done in-person, virtually or a combination of both. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the core team lead and First Children’s Finance staff depending upon regulations and the current situation with the pandemic.

Informational Webinar

Consider attending the information webinars to learn more about the program and the benefits to participating communities (click to view)

Round 1:  Informational Webinar on April 14, 2022, from 1:30- 2:00 pm

Round 2: Informational Webinar on October 13, 2022, from 1:30-2:00 pm

If you have additional questions during the application process, please contact:

Teri Steckelberg at 612-279-6526 or

Online application is available on the desktop version of our website.

You can also request an application by filling out the form below.