Early childhood infrastructure fund

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The Early Childhood Infrastructure Fund (ECIF) is for projects that preserve or expand existing infrastructure of licensed centre-based child care spaces or to create new licensed centre-based child care spaces in NWT communities.

Funding priority will be given to communities with limited or non-existent early learning and child care programming.

Available funding

The total budget available for ECIF is $1 million per year. The amount applicants receive is determined on a per proposal basis and available funding.


The deadline to apply is May 26, 2023 at 5 pm (MST).


  • Licensed centre-based early learning and child care programs that participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction (CCFR) Subsidy. For new projects that create new fee-based spaces, they need to agree to participate once they’re operational.

How to apply

We recommend you contact an Early Childhood Consultant to discuss your application before you apply. 

Supporting documents and information

Please provide:

  • Estimate(s) from qualified contractors

  • Financial statements
  • Lease agreement or certificate of title 
  • Inspection reports or communications with the Office of the Fire Marshal
  • Letters of support from community members, organizations, or governments

How we assess your application

If you’re eligible, your application will be assessed on:

  • The description of the project and the work that will be done
  • A demonstrated need for a new physical space or improvements to an existing one 
  • The estimated cost of the project and break down of how your organization will contribute financially
  • That you run a licensed early learning and child care program that’s in good financial standing or are eligible to become licensed (for new construction)
  • The address or legal description of the space of the project and proof that you have the legal right use the space
  • Documentation from third parties showing the need for work to be done (if available)
  • Letters of support from community members, organizations, or governments 

Contact us

For questions about applying for funding, contact the Early Childhood Consultant in your region from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.