BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Human Services has announced new grants for child care providers which offer aid for various aspects of the business, including operations, health and safety and technology.

Child care providers can apply for six new types of grants now through August 2022.

"These grants ... give North Dakota the opportunity to invest in the long-term stability of our child care sector," said DHS Executive Director Chris Jones in a statement. "We have focused a number of grants on building capacity and quality child care for infants and toddlers as this remains an area of high need."

One of the grants available is a one-time health and safety-related facility improvement grant up to $10,000 to "address COVID-19 related needs and overall health and safety needs," the DHS said in a statement earlier this week.

North Dakota has received more than $100 million from the federal government allocated specifically to child care through its COVID-19 stimulus packages, according to the DHS.

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Child care providers can find more information about the grants and how to apply at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/earlychildhood/ec-grants.html.