Child Care Expansion Fund Start-Up Grants

Early learning and child care services have continued to adapt to meet the evolving needs of Manitoba families as part of the provincial COVID-19 response. As part of Phase 4 Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba's Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, early learning and child care programming remains essential in supporting the provincial economy, as it enables families to return to work, continue education, or seek new employment. 

During this next phase of re-opening the economy, four new one-time start-up grants are available as part of the Child Care Expansion Fund programming:

This guide is intended to assist prospective participants to determine their eligibility and complete their application for any one of the grants in the Child Care Expansion Fund program. These are general guidelines, which will be updated on an ongoing basis.

On-line grant applications will be available on September 1, 2020

Contact information:
Early Learning and Child Care Program
Child Care Expansion Program
Email Enquiries to: CCGF@gov.mb.ca

1. Overview

The four new grant streams are supported through a partnership between the Department of Families, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.  The Department of Families will review and assess applications received, and will approve applications and funding amounts. The Chambers will issue funds to proponents, and will be available to provide business mentoring.     

2. General eligibility for all new grants:

To be eligible for one-time start-up grant funding, along with an application form, applicants must submit: 

  • A draft business plan, which at minimum demonstrates: 
    • The new child care service that will be provided and how it meets the community need
    • The average weekly hours of child care services that will be provided
    • The number of new child care spaces created or to be supported to prevent service disruption
    • A draft budget on how grant money will be spent
    • A list of project activities with timelines

The new child care services must be located in Manitoba.  

Applications will be approved subject to the availability of government funding. 

3. Funding Information

Funding will be provided as a one-time start-up grant to eligible applicants upon receipt and approval of a complete business plan. 

In addition to program specific requirements, funding may be used:

  • to help offset the wages of staff directly involved in the operation and/or administration of child care or childminding services
  • to purchase equipment and/or programming needs required for those services
  • to support renovations required to ensure dedicated spaces meet regulatory and/or licensing requirements

4. Specific Program Descriptions and Eligibility Criteria

Workplace Child Care Start-Up Grant

Program Description 

The Workplace Child Care Start-Up Grant is targeted towards workplaces developing new, on-site child care or childminding services for children of their employees, with ongoing operating expenses covered by employer contributions and/or parent fees. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant(s) must operate a registered business or not-for-profit located and legally operating in Manitoba
  • Applicant(s) may also be eligible for the Child Care Centre Development Tax Credit
  • Marketing and promotional activities are not eligible
  • Employers with existing child care programs are not eligible
  • A successful business plan that will show:
    • The new, flexible child care service that will be provided (including project activities).
    • How the new service meets community need (priority will be given to projects that address key service gaps, ex: non-standard hours of service, extended hour care, other flexible arrangements, etc.).
    • The average weekly hours of child care services that will be provided.
    • The number of new child care spaces created.
    • A draft budget on how grant money will be spent.
    • A list of project activities with timelines.

Licensing 

  • Applicants may choose to operate as a licensed child care centre, in accordance with Child Care Regulation 62/86. 
  • Alternatively, applicants may choose to provide child-minding services, which are exempt from licensing and regulation per section 2(2) of Child Care Regulation 62/86, provided that "the children's parents or guardians are on the premises and immediately accessible to attend to the needs of their children at all times," care is "provided to children by an organization licensed under The Social Services Administration Act" or before and after school care "provided during a children's recreation program."

Funding 

  • Eligible applicants opening a child care or childminding program will receive a one-time grant of $5,000 per full-time-equivalent space as per the capacity indicated in their business plan.  

Application


Enhanced Home-Based Child Care Start-Up Grant 

Program Description 

The Enhanced Home-Based Child Care Start-Up Grant is targeted towards child care entrepreneurs developing a new child care program in their homes. This program is open to:

  • new providers interested in setting up a home-based child care business
  • recipients of the previously administered Temporary Child Care Services Grant who wish to continue to develop their home-based child care business

Eligibility Criteria 

  • New providers interested in setting up a home-based child care business
  • Recipients of the previously administered Temporary Child Care Services Grant who wish to continue to develop their home-based child care business
  • Marketing or promotional activities are not eligible
  • A successful business plan that will show:
    • The new, flexible child care service (licensed or private) that will be provided (including project activities).
    • How the new service meets community need (priority will be given to projects that address key service gaps, ex: non-standard hours of service, extended hour care, other flexible arrangements, etc.).
    • The average weekly hours of child care services that will be provided.
    • The number of new child care spaces created (where applicable).
    • Care will be provided from a home-based location in Manitoba.
    • A draft budget on how grant money will be spent.
    • A list of project activities with timelines.

Licensing 

  • Successful applicants caring for 5 or more children will obtain and operate under either a family child care home licence or a group child care home licence in accordance with Child Care Regulation 62/86

Funding 

  • Eligible applicants developing new child care services will receive a one-time grant of $5,000 per full-time-equivalent child care space as per their business plan to a maximum of $50,000. 
  • The recipients of the Temporary Child Care Services Grant who have received up to $3,000, are eligible to receive a top-up to a maximum of $47,000, subject to submitting a business plan demonstrating how the funding would be used to enhance their existing home-based child care business. 

Application


Satellite Child Care Start-Up Grant

Program Description

The Satellite Child Care Start-Up Grant is targeted towards licensed child care centres moving existing spaces to smaller satellite sites located in homes and/or community settings. These child care programs will be retained under the same licence of the existing child care centre, which will assume responsibility for the oversight of the satellite programs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must operate an existing licensed child care centre
  • Marketing and promotional activities are not eligible
  • A successful business plan that will show:
    • The new, flexible child care service that will be provided, including the opening and operating of a minimum of:
      • one smaller community-based site (maximum 16 spaces) and/or
      • a home-based satellite child care site (maximum 12 spaces for group homes or 8 spaces for family homes).
    •  How the new service meets community need (priority will be given to projects that address key service gaps, ex: non-standard hours of service, extended hour care, other flexible arrangements, etc.).
    • The average weekly hours of child care services that will be provided.
    • The number of new child care spaces created or to be supported to prevent service disruption.
    • A draft budget on how grant money will be spent.
    • A list of project activities with timelines.

Licensing

  • Satellite sites in a community setting, a family home, or group home must be licensed and operate in accordance with the Child Care Regulation 62/86.

Funding

  • Eligible applicants developing new child care services to enable the move of existing child care spaces will receive a one-time grant of $6,250 per full-time child care space as per their business plan to a maximum of $100,000.

Application


Diversity Child Care Start-Up Grant

Program Description

The Diversity Child Care Start-Up Grant is targeted towards community organizations to develop child care options that address service gaps by meeting the unique needs of their families (ex: language, accessibility, non-standard/extended hours of care, rural/remote location and culturally appropriate and safe programming).
Eligibility Criteria

  • Community organizations that would like to fulfill unmet child care needs in their community
  • Recipients of the Casual Early Learning and Child Care Grant if they meet program eligibility requirements
  • Marketing and promotional activities are not eligible
  • A successful business plan will provide new child care services out of a community-based or home-based location.
    • The new, flexible child care service that will be provided out of a community-based or home-based location.
    • How the new service meets community need (priority will be given to projects that address key service gaps, ex: non-standard hours of service, extended hour care, other flexible arrangements, etc.).
    • The average weekly hours of child care services that will be provided.
    • The number of new child care spaces created.
    • A draft budget on how grant money will be spent.
    • A list of project activities with timelines.

    Note: Child-minding services are eligible if they meet the following Child Care Regulation 62/86 exemptions:

    • parents are on-site or;
    • the community-based organization is licensed under The Social Services Administration Act or;
    • before and after school care is provided during a children's recreation program.
  • Priority may be given to projects that address the following: 
    • Services in a language other than English which meets demonstrated community need.
    • Children with additional support needs.
    • Parents requiring non-standard/extended hours of service.
    • Residents of rural and/or remote locations.
    • Culturally appropriate and safe programming.

Licensing

  • Applicants may choose to operate as a licensed child care facility in accordance with the requirements in Child Care Regulation 62/86.
  • Alternatively, applicants may choose to provide child-minding services, which are exempt from licensing and regulation per section 2(2) of Child Care Regulation 62/86, provided that "the children's parents or guardians are on the premises and immediately accessible to attend to the needs of their children at all times," care is "provided to children by an organization licensed under The Social Services Administration Act" or before and after school care "provided during a children's recreation program."

Funding

  • Eligible applicants developing new child care services will receive a one-time grant of $6,250 per full-time-equivalent childcare spaces as per their business plan to a maximum of $100,000.

Application


Early Learning and Child Care Program 210-114 Garry Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 4V4

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