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Grants to British Columbia Childcare Nonprofits in Eligible Areas
for Capital Funding and Program/Professional Development

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10/28/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit child care providers and nonprofit societies that support child care programs to build capacity, support programming, and promote professional development in eligible locations. Funding is intended for facilities, spaces, programs, furnishings and equipment, training, and workshops. Eligible applicants serve the City of Richmond.

Child care grants are available for both: (1) capital and (2) professional and program development expenses. These purposes are outlined below.

  1. Capital Grants are provided to acquire or upgrade physical assets in licensed child care facilities such as property, buildings, and equipment. Funding is available for a one-time capital expense that will improve the quality, availability, and accessibility of licensed child care in Richmond, such as equipment, furnishings, renovations, or playground improvements. For equipment to qualify as a capital expenditure, it must be for long-term use (e.g. an easel would qualify; art supplies would not). 
  2. Professional and Program Development Grants: Non-profit societies developing or providing professional and program development opportunities in Richmond (e.g. training, workshops) are eligible to apply for funding. The initiatives must be available and of benefit to the broader child care community in Richmond, rather than to a few specific individuals or centers. The need for and benefit to the child care community must be demonstrated. 

Funds are available to support childcare operators through the Provincial Child Care BC Program, including: 

  • Child Care Operating Funding: To assist with the day-to-day costs of running a licensed child care facility. 
  • Training and Professional Development Funding: To assist with professional development and upgrading. 

Priority will be given to applications for facilities or programs that: 

  • Support infant/toddler and school-age care, identified as priorities in the 2017 – 2022 Richmond Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy; 
  • Have accessed, or are willing to access other available sources of funding, including Child Care Operating Funding, Child Care BC Maintenance Fund, Child Care BC Relocation Fund, New Spaces Grant; and 
  • Enroll families who are receiving the Affordable Child Care Benefit (formerly Child Care Subsidy)  and, if eligible, participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138358

Term of Contract:

Funds must be used by successful applicants within one year of approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may be either
- Non-profit child care providers delivering licensed child care in Richmond and seeking to improve the quality or capacity of care in their facility, or
- Non-profit societies supporting quality programming and/or providing professional development opportunities for the broader child care community in Richmond.

Funding for individual staff to register for or attend courses or workshops is not eligible under this program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A 2021 Child Care Grant Information Session will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020, at 4:00 - 5:00 PM.

The event will be held virtually. Please RSVP to the email address in Contact Information, below, to receive login details.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted until 5:00 PM on October 28, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to:
Chris Duggan, Program Manager, Child Care
Phone: 604-204-8621

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