Childcare BC New Spaces Fund
Applications are now being accepted for the new $221-million Childcare BC New Spaces Fund that will support the creation of 22,000 new child care spaces in B.C. This is the single-largest investment to improve access to child care in B.C. history.
As part of the Childcare BC plan, a priority of the fund includes the creation of licensed infant-toddler spaces, and funding has been enhanced to focus on projects that align with this goal. As well, preference will be given to applications that support vulnerable and underserved communities, and child care services outside of core business hours.
Maximum funding amounts include:
- Up to $1 million per facility for public-sector partnerships with non-profit child care providers;
- Up to $500,000 per facility for school boards, Indigenous organizations/Band or Tribal Councils and First Nations Governments, child development centres, and non-profit child care providers; and
- Up to $250,000 per facility for private child care providers.
The application process for the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, which replaces the former Child Care Major Capital Funding Program, will be open continuously, based on the availability of funds within a fiscal year. This will allow child care providers and organizations to develop their applications at their own pace and apply when they are ready, rather than being required to apply for funding by a fixed deadline.
Note that an informational call for interested applicants will be held July 16, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. To participate, call 1-877-353-9184 and use passcode 41532# to listen in and ask your questions.