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Grants to British Columbia Child Care Programs to Support High-Needs Families in Eligible Regions

Childcare Enhancement Grant


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Funding Source
City of Vancouver
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Geographic Focus
Canada: British Columbia: Vancouver;

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/08/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to British Columbia preschools, child care facilities, and other child care programs in eligible locations to benefit disadvantaged families. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to enhance the quality and affordability of licensed programs to ensure access to those families most in need of the support. Eligible applicants are located in Vancouver.

This grant has four main objectives: 

  • Assisting programs serving low- and modest-income families to reduce parent fees;
  • Strengthening coordinated administration through the community hub model;
  • Providing a food supplement program (e.g., hot lunch and breakfast); and,
  • Enhancing staff ratios to better serve high-need children.

City staff assess actual enrollment against threshold percentages of children from families in three or more of the following areas:

  1. Children from single-parent families;
  2. Children who receive full or prorated Affordable Child Care Benefit;
  3. Children who receive full Affordable Child Care Benefit and the parent portion is paid by the Ministry of Children and Family Development;
  4. Indigenous children;
  5. Children from new immigrant or refugee families (in Canada less than 5 years);
  6. Children from immigrant or refugee families who are unable to access Provincial Childcare subsidy due to reasons other than financial eligibility;
  7. Children who have been assessed as having extra support needs but who do not receive additional funding through the Ministry of Children and Family Development; and/or,
  8. Children who speak a language other than English at home.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Civic Childcare Enhancement Grant program is for non-profit licensed, group child care, preschool, school-aged care, and occasional child care programs that serve primarily high need families.

All organizations applying to a City of Vancouver social policy grant program must meet the following criteria:
- Be a registered non-profit society, community service co-op, or social enterprise wholly owned by a non-profit and in good standing with the Registrar of Companies; OR be a registered charity, in good standing with the Canadian Revenue Agency;
- Have an independent, active governing body composed of volunteers. The by-laws must have provisions that no Board director can be remunerated for serving as a director and that no staff member can be a voting member of the board or executive;
- The organization must demonstrate accommodation, welcomeness, and openness to people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identities (including trans, gender-variant, and two-spirit people), ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, under-represented communities, and socio-economic conditions in its policies, practices, and programs, except in instances where the exclusion of some group is required for another group to be effectively targeted;
- The Organization must be in compliance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the British Columbia Human Rights Code.
- Have demonstrated functional capacity and sufficient resources to deliver the programs to which the City is being asked to contribute;
- Deliver the funded program in Vancouver to Vancouver residents.

In addition to meeting the primary criteria, organizations applying for a Civic Childcare Enhancement Grant must satisfy the secondary criteria found here:

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2023 at 4:30 PM

Due to significant changes in Provincial childcare policy and funding, this program is in transition. If you are new to this grant program and think your organization may qualify for it after reviewing the Information Sheet below, contact Annie Burkes before the application close date.

This is the second year that applications will be made online via the City’s new grants management system VanApply. Emailed or paper applications will not be accepted.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum grant is $27,000 per qualifying program (maximum 3 programs per organization). Organizations operating more than 3 childcare programs should select their top three priority programs.

Term of Contract
One year.

Contact Information
Direct questions to:
Annie Burkes, Social Planner

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