Child Care Capital Grants

Do you have a project idea that will help create new child care spaces or improve the energy efficiency of your child care facility? Child Care Capital Grants may be able to help.

Create Spaces

Types of eligible costs may include:

  • construction costs;
  • modular building purchases and assembly;
  • property purchase;
  • site development; and
  • child care equipment (for projects that are creating new spaces only).

Facilities designated as Family Child Care, In-Home Multi-Age Care and Registered License Not Required that are creating new spaces may be eligible for child care equipment only (up to $5,000).

Energy Improvements

Expressions of Interest must demonstrate activities related to energy conservation and efficiency of existing child care centres owned by the applicant, and should have a positive return on investment (up to $50,000).

Types of eligible costs may include:

  • air sealing;
  • improving or replacing boilers;
  • heating upgrades such as the installation of heat pumps;
  • ventilation and air conditioning upgrades;
  • replacing hot water heaters and furnaces;
  • LED lighting upgrades;
  • thermostat and other controls; and
  • roof insulation.

Eligible Applicants include non-profit and for-profit providers of licensed child care in the Columbia Basin Trust region

Funding StreamEligible License Types
Create Spaces• Group Child Care
• Group Child Care (School Age)
• Multi-Age Child Care
• Preschools
• Family Child Care
• In-Home Multi-Age Care
• Registered License Not Required
Energy Improvements• Group Child Care
• Group Child Care (School Age)
• Multi-Age Child Care
• Preschools

Facilities designated as Occasional Child Care and License-Not-Required Care and In-Child’s-Own-Home Care are not eligible.

Refer to the Childcare BC Webpage for clarification on licensing designations.

Energy Improvements Expressions of Interest, must demonstrate activities related to energy conservation and efficiency of existing child care centres owned by the applicant, and should have a positive return on investment (up to $50,000).

Create Spaces

  • Download the Program Guide for program information and eligibility criteria.
  • Applications are considered on an ongoing basis until December 31, 2021. The first step in the application process is to contact childcaresupport@ourtrust.org to discuss your project.
  • We may support well developed projects that have broad community support, a building location, an operating plan, an experienced operator, and funding from other sources.

Energy Improvements

  1. Download the Program Guide for program information and eligibility criteria.
  2. Email childcaresupport@ourtrust.org to set-up a time to discuss your project.
  3. Download the Worksheet to support you in developing your application offline, if you so choose.
  4. Complete the online Expression of Interest form: Energy Improvements by Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT.  
    • We will not accept Expressions of Interest after this deadline.
  5. If selected for further consideration, you will be invited to meet with Trust staff to support further project and application development.

Absolutely!

We encourage you to connect with the Child Care Support team if you have questions about the program. Contact us at childcaresupport@ourtrust.org.

The Trust will be hosting a virtual information meeting to review the Program Guide and answer questions about the application, selection and contracting processes.

  • Information Meeting:
    • Date: Wednesday July 21, 2021
    • Time: 5:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. MT
  • How to Register:
    • This Information Session will be held through Microsoft Teams. You will have the option of joining by phone or by video. Please register online by 12:00 p.m. PT/1:00 p.m. MT July 20, 2021

Create Spaces

  • Applications are considered on an ongoing basis until December 31, 2021.

Energy Improvements

  • Complete the online Expression of Interest by Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT  

Once your project is complete, submit a final report.