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2019 Community Child Care Space Creation Program

Grants to British Columbia Local Government Agencies for New
Licensed Child Care Spaces for Underserved Children

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Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

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Grants to British Columbia local government agencies for the creation of licensed child care facilities serving children from birth to age five. Funding is intended to accommodate underserved populations in new spaces within existing government facilities or in facilities under a long-term lease agreement by the local government.

Eligible projects must result in the creation of new, full-time (over four hours per day) child care spaces under the following license types in the Child Care Licensing Regulation:

  • Group Child Care (Under 36 months);
  • Group Child Care (30 months to School Age); and/or
  • Preschool (30 months to School Age).

Funding will be prioritized for projects that will:

  • Create child care spaces serving infants and toddlers by becoming licensed as Group Child Care (Under 36 months);
  • Create child care spaces serving at least one of the following underserved populations:
    • Children requiring extra support (as defined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation)
    • Lower-income families
    • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) families and communities
    • Young parents (25 years and under)
    • Single-parent families
    • Recent immigrant and refugee families
    • Children and families of minority languages and culture
    • Francophone families
  • Create child care spaces offering services outside of core business hours (i.e., early mornings, evenings, weekends and/or overnight);
  • Operate the child care spaces through direct delivery by the local government or public sector organization (i.e., school district) or within a public sector partnership (i.e., in partnership with a non-profit society child care operator), particularly those with expertise in serving underserved populations.

For a complete list of Eligible Costs and Activities, see: 

For detailed grant information, see the 2019 Program Guide:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184889

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Community Child Care Space Creation Program can contribute 100% of the eligible costs, up to a maximum of $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by the applicant within two years from the date of grant approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

BC local governments, including municipalities and regional districts are eligible to apply.

For detailed ineligibility criteria, see the Program Guide, Section 5: Eligible and Ineligible Costs and Activities:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

Applicants will be advised of the status of their application within 90 days of the application deadline.

It is recommended that all applicants contact their local licensing office prior to application to discuss the child care license types eligible for funding and licensing requirements.

For Resource Information related to child care licensing, please see Appendix 2 of the Program Guide:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications may be submitted by email to:

Applications may also be submitted by mail to:

Local Government Program Services
Union of BC Municipalities
525 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8V 0A8
(250) 952-9177

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia

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