Start-Up Grant for Becoming a Licensed Child Care Facility
One-time start-up grants are available to help child care providers who are not already licensed pay for the costs associated with getting a Community Care Facility Licence for family or in-home multi-age child care.
Becoming licensed means child care providers can:
- Apply for Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) to help with facility upgrades or other expenses
- Participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and pass on child care fee reductions to parents
Licensed operators offer greater assurance to families that their facility meets health and safety standards.
Start-up grants can be used to cover expenses related to becoming licensed, such as:
- Paying fees to complete training or course work
- Hiring replacement staff to ensure coverage while undertaking training or course work
- Paying application fees (licensing, rezoning, etc.)
- Buying equipment for the child care facility
Funding is based on the number of spaces being created, not on the amount of money spent on becoming licensed. Applicants can receive:
- Up to $4,000 for applicants to become licensed family child care providers (to provide care for up to seven children)
- Up to $4,500 for applicants to become licensed in-home multi-age child care providers (to provide care for up to eight children)
There is no deadline for applications. However, grants are based on the availability of funding within the budget and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at the start of the fiscal year (April 1).
Step 1: Review the Licensed Start-Up Grant Funding Guidelines (PDF). You can apply if you would like to begin operating a licensed family child care or in-home multi-age child care facility and you are:
- An existing registered Licence-Not-Required (RLNR) child care provider in good standing with your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) office
- An existing Licence-Not-Required (LNR) child care provider
- An Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with a valid ECE certificate in good standing with the Early Childhood Educator Registry
- A Responsible Adult having completed the 20 hours of required training.
You must also be in good standing with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the B.C. Corporate Registry (if applicable).
Step 2: Review the following information:
- Open a licensed child care facility or day care
- Follow the rules for operating a licensed child care facility
Step 3: Complete the Start-Up Grant Application Form (PDF).
Step 4: Within one year of the approval for funding, submit a copy of your new licence to the ministry. Not completing this step could mean that you may have to repay the funding amount.