Child Care Expansion Fund Start-Up Grants

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply for a grant under the Child Care Expansion Fund?

The Early Learning and Child Care Program is currently accepting grant applications.

How can I apply for a grant under the Child Care Expansion Fund?

You can submit your complete application form and business plan online, directly to the department.

Which grant should I apply for?

You can apply for the grant that matches your organization/business.  Here is an overview of the four grants available under the Child Care Expansion Fund:


Who could apply:


Maximum funding available per grant:


Workplace Child Care Start-Up Grant


One-time start-up grant to develop new, on-site child care  or childminding services for children of employees

$5,000 per space created


Enhanced Home-Based Childcare Start-Up Grant

    Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Assistants, New Entrepreneurs

    One-time start-up grant to develop new home-based child care spaces


    Up to $50,000


    Satellite Childcare Start-Up Grant

      Licensed Child care Centres

      One-time grant to move existing spaces, or create new spaces in "satellite" child care sites

      Up to $100,000


      Diversity Childcare Start-Up Grant

         Non-profit Community Organizations

        One-time grant 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

        What do I need to do in order to receive grant funding?

        • You must meet the eligibility criteria of the grant.
        • You must submit a complete application form.
        • You will also be required to submit a business plan to demonstrate how you plan to start-up and operate your child care or childminding services and if you are planning to address key service gaps, such as delivering non-standard hours of service. 

        How can the grant money be used? 

        • The grant money can be used to prepare the space, purchase equipment and programming needs, or to help offset the wages of hired employees directly involved in the operation and/or administration of child care or childminding services.
        • Your business plan must include projected timelines, as well as a budget, which demonstrates how you plan to spend the grant funding, and how you plan to operate.

        What can't I use the grant money for?

        The grant money may not be used for marketing/promotional activities or for any activities not directly related to the provision of on-site child care or child-minding services.

        How much time do I have to get my child care program started?

        You must start the child care or childminding services in the 2020/21 fiscal year before March 31, 2021.

        How much can I charge for providing child care?

        For newly created spaces, or for spaces that do not already receive provincial operating funding, child care providers may charge market-rate parent fees.

        Who do I contact for more information on the grant programs?

        You can contact Manitoba's Early Learning and Child Care Program at  or visit

        Early Learning and Child Care Program 210-114 Garry Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 4V4


        Phone: 204-945-0776 Toll-free: 1-888-213-4754 Fax: 204-948-2625 TTY: 204-945-3724

        Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m