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, Department of Families, will begin accepting grant applications on September 1, 2020.

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

Beginning on September 1, 2020, you will be able to 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 which best suits your organization/business needs.  Here is an overview of the four grants available under the Child Care Expansion Fund:


Who should 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 a home-based child care business


Up to $50,000


Satellite Childcare Start-Up Grant

Licensed Child care Centres

One-time grant to move existing spaces to nearby, smaller home or community-based "satellite" child care sites under an existing licence

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.
  • If more eligible applications are received than what is available in funding under the various grant streams, priority will be given to applicants that 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 staff directly involved in the operation and/or administration of child care or childminding services.
  • Your business plan must include 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