The Government of Manitoba, in partnership with the Winnipeg and Manitoba Chambers of Commerce announced the Early Learning and Child Care Expansion fund, which provides individuals and organizations with Start-up funds to begin providing child care services. Please take note that three of the grants may be of interest to your community:
This is a one-time grant provided to individuals interested in setting up a private and/or licensed home-based child care business. Eligible applicants will receive grant funds based on the number of full-time-equivalent child care spaces created as per their business plan (up to $50,000). The application form is available at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/hcsg/.
The Diversity Childcare Start-up Grant
This is a one-time grant for community organizations to develop child care options (including child-minding) that meet the unique needs of families such as language, accessibility, non-standard hours and rural/remote locations (up to $100,000). The application form is available at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/dcsg/.
The Satellite Start-up Grant
This is a one-time grant targeted towards licensed child care centres to respond to changing community and business needs due to COVID-19. Grants will support moving existing spaces to an alternate location to reach their regular licensed capacity or create new spaces in satellite sites located in community and/or home settings (up to $100,000). The application form is available at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/scsg/.
For assistance with the Business Plan portion of these application forms, a Child Care Expansion Fund Start-Up Grant: Business Plan Outline that can be found here: https://gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/resources/pubs/child-care-expansion-grant-business-plan-outline.docx
For additional information regarding early learning and child care programming relating to grants, please visit http://www.manitoba.ca/fs/childcare/resources/grants.html