Childcare Funding Opportunities

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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:


Enhanced home-based

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


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


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


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: 


For additional information regarding early learning and child care programming relating to grants, please visit