Overview

Grant funding for new non-profit child care spaces

The Alberta government is focused on building capacity in licensed non-profit and home-based child care. The Space Creation Grant will help enable 42,500 total new non-profit licensed spaces to be created over the next 5 years.

Applications for the grant funding are open to non-profit groups interested in creating new child care spaces or starting new child care programs. New and existing non-profit, facility-based child care programs may apply.

Creation of spaces will be targeted in areas of high-demand for child care spaces through 3 funding categories:

  1. existing licensed facilities where there is high-demand
  2. new licensed facilities where there is high-demand
  3. locations identified as child care deserts (communities where there is limited to no child care)

Per space grant amounts provided to eligible recipients will be:

  • $5,000 per new space for existing licensed facilities where there is high-demand
  • $5,500 per new space for new licensed facilities where there is high-demand
  • $6,000 per new space for new licensed facilities in child care deserts (communities where there is limited to no child care)

Application status

Applications are being accepted.

How to apply

Complete the application form on the Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) portal. The portal has a number of resources to assist vendors in setting up a profile.

Supports are available after a vendor profile has been created on the APC portal. These include a line-by-line process document, as well as a mailbox link that can be used for specific questions.

Apply for the grant

For general inquiries or for help with accessing the Space Creation Grant application on the APC portal, call the toll-free Child Care Connect line at 1-844-644-5165.

Other child care spaces

New licensed family day home spaces

Children’s Services is looking to introduce funding categories for family day home space creation later in 2022.

New private spaces

In negotiating with the federal government, the Alberta government fought for a plan that reflects Alberta’s unique mixed-market child care system and includes private child care programs. The federal government agreed to include all existing private programs, but limited the number of new private spaces that could access funding under this agreement (maximum of 2,700 spaces).

  • The allocation for 2,700 new private spaces this year is full. More private spaces will open in 2023.

Work is ongoing to create an expansion plan for future growth in the private child care sector. It is expected that new private operators will be able to participate under the agreement beginning early in 2023.

More information about space creation for private operators will be shared in the fall of 2022.

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