Funding Sources

Community Grants for Small Businesses

Canada Post Community Foundation

Provides grants to Canadian schools, charities and organizations (including child care) in an effort to make a difference in the lives of children in Canadian communities. The application period is open from March to April.


Supports unemployed, underemployed and low-skilled British Columbians to obtain essential, transferable and certified skills to increase their job security and obtain good-paying jobs. The stream will fund training for an ECE or ECEA certificate (100% of funding covered) and an ITE/SNE certificate (60% of funding covered). Once approved, the employer will pay for the course of study and the grant will reimburse the employer once the course is completed. 

Notes: Your employee will need to complete a profile once the grant is approved; ensure that they are used a correct NCOC identification number that describes their current training level.

Canada Summer Jobs

An initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30.  The program provides wage subsidies to employers to create quality summer work experiences for young people.  Applications typically open in January each year.

Community Grants for Non-Profits

Community Gaming Grants

Support eligible not-for-profit organizations that deliver community programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia. 

The Keg Spirit Foundation

Will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria: the organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number; the project must relate to children or youth in some way; the program should contain a mentoring component.

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund

May provide between $5,000 to $25,000 to projects that qualify in a city or town with less than 150,000 people. Cannot be used for operating budgets or debt reduction. *must be a charity, or an NFP partnering with a municipality or government agency

G&F Financial Foundation

provides financial assistance to organizations that support:

• Community health – programs or groups that support the well-being of our communities such as social services, health and youth activities

• Financial literacy – programs or groups that support increased education about finances and overall education programs

•Environmental impact – programs or groups that support the health and vitality of our external environment

Vancity Community Branch Partnership Program

Each Vancity branch makes small partnership contributions of up to $500 to support local initiatives in the communities they serve. Initiatives must align with the funding priorities of:

• Social justice and financial inclusion

• Environmental sustainability

• Co-operative principles and practices

Coast Capital Savings

Provides Community Investment Grants for youth, for projects that build work readiness skills, including leadership skills, providing pre-employment, self-employment training or work experience, or help youth earn income through co-ops or volunteer opportunities.

MCFD Operational Funding

Child Care Operating Fund (CCOF)

Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) is provided to child care operators monthly and is calculated as a per-registered-child amount.

Child Care Free Education Initiative (CCFRI)

The Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) is a subsidy to reduce fees for parents.  The child care program “opts in” to the fee reduction program, and receives a set monthly amount per registered child, to offset tuition fees.  This funding comes with strings attached, including the need to have child care fee increases reviewed and approved by MCFD.

ECE Wage Enhancement (WE)

The Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement is for ECE’s, ITE’s and SNE’s working in licensed child care facilities receiving the CCFRI.  It is provided for qualified staff, at the rate of $2.00/hour, to a maximum amount of monthly hours worked by the Educator.  Reporting is required, including the Educator’s name, license number, rate of pay, and hours worked.

MCFD One-Time Funding

Child Care Maintenance Fund 

The Childcare BC Maintenance Fund helps licensed child care facilities address emergency repair issues that may impact children’s health, safety, or well-being.

For emergency repair or replacement, eligible applicants may receive, per fiscal year:

  • Up to $10,000 per facility for non-profit licensed Group Child Care, Multi-Age Child Care, and Preschool providers;
  • Up to $5,000 per facility for private licensed Group Child Care, Multi-Age Child Care, and Preschool providers that are not operating from a property that may be used as a home or dwelling; and
  • Up to $2,000 per facility for licensed personal residence providers, regardless of licence type.

Child Care New Spaces Fund

The BC Maintenance Fund helps to fund the creation of new licensed child care space.

  • Two application windows – with the first closing in May 2020 and the second in November 2020
  • Priority for projects with a provincially funded cost per space of under $40,000
  • Professional, administrative and consulting services costs to be no more than 15% of the total provincially funded project costs

Child Care Relocation Fund

The BC Maintenance Fund helps licensed child care facilities with funding to help cover the cost of required relocation due to emergency circumstances. To be eligible, a provider must not operate from a property that can be used as a home or dwelling. 

For the required relocation of a licensed facility, eligible applicants may receive, per fiscal year:

  • Up to $50,000 per child care facility for non-profit licensed group child care, multi-age child care, and preschool providers;
  • Up to $25,000 per child care facility for private licensed group child care, multi-age child care, and preschool providers.