Casual Early Learning and Child Care Grant

The Casual Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Grant is one of the initiatives under the Canada-Manitoba ELCC Agreement, announced on February 23, 2018. As part of Manitoba’s Action Plan, grant funding is available  to support community organizations working with vulnerable families to ensure children can receive free of charge, stable, on-site, consistent and high quality child care while their families engage in service planning, therapy, counselling or participate in skills development courses.

The Casual ELCC Grant is to be used to cover wage expenses for an Early Childhood Educator II or III to provide child care services on the premises of the non-profit organization. Up to 10 per cent of the requested funding can be used for child care programming tools and supplies. As parents will remain on site, a child care licence is exempted for the organizations (Section 2(2) in the Manitoba Child Care Regulation 62/86).

Non-profit organizations can apply for up to $50,000, to be expended by September 15, 2019.

The number of grants approved will be based on available funds.  As a result, applications will be reviewed and ranked using the following criteria:

  • evidence the organization meets the criteria set out in the Canada Manitoba ELCC Agreement with regard to serving families more in need, such as:
    • lower-income families
    • Indigenous families
    • newcomer families
    • lone-parent families
    • families with children additional support needs
  • expected number of families and children who will benefit from the quality child care services
  • organizations situated in communities with low child care coverage (lower than the provincial average)

Casual ELCC Grant applications submitted will be reviewed and grant funding is expected to be approved and successful applicants informed in the fall of 2018.

The deadline to submit a completed Casual ELCC Grant application form (PDF 99 KB) is September 14, 2018.

application form



Casual ELCC Grant application form (PDF 99 KB) 

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


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