Childcare Enhancement Grant program

The Civic Childcare Enhancement Grant program is for non-profit licensed, group child care, preschool, school-aged care and occasional child care programs that serve primarily high need families.

Grants are intended to support the quality and affordability of licensed programs to ensure access to those families most in need of the support. Funds are to be used for program enhancement and not for capital expenditures.

Status Dates
Open for 2021 applications September 14, 2020
Application deadline November 13, 2020

Download our information sheet  (91 KB)


Detailed eligibility criteria can be found on the information sheet. Priority is given to organizations that provide full-day and out-of-school care in high-need, under-served areas of the city.

How to apply

Past recipients

Did your program receive a 2020 Childcare Enhancement Grant? If so, we'll email instructions and a 2021 application package to you the week of September 3 to 6. Ensure we are aware of any contact or email address changes by emailing

New applicants

Did you launch a new licensed childcare program in the last 12 months -  after the deadline for the 2020 Enhancement Grants? Or, do you have a longer standing childcare program that you believe may qualify for an enhancement grant? If so, review the eligibility criteria and other program information in the information sheet linked above.

If, after reviewing the information sheet, you believe your organization may qualify, contact Eric Kowalski, Social Planner, at, 604-871-6780 well before the November 13, 2020.

Other relevant grants

Capital Project Grants

Provides support for capital projects that preserve or increase the capacity of facilities used to address the needs of vulnerable communities.

Contact a planner

Eric Kowalski
Social Planner



Location and mailing address
Social Policy & Projects Division
Woodward's Heritage Building
501 - 111 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4