Family Home Centre Grants

Funding is available to increase and improve home-based child care across PEI. Three types of Family Home Centre grants are available:  

Family Home Centre Capital Grant

  • Capital improvements of up to $15,000 towards the modification of the recipient’s existing physical space to meet licensing requirements. Eligible expenses could include renovations, such as a below grade access door, appliances, walls, doors, plumbing, electrical and outdoor fencing.
  • Infant Programming Incentive of up to $5,000 towards items such as cribs, change-tables, rocking chairs, toys, books, strollers, etc.
  • Family Home Centre Program improvements of up to $5,000 for items such as play equipment and preschool age toys.

Family Home Centre Operational Grant

Starting April 1, 2024, each applicant will be eligible to receive: 

  • An annual operational grant of $19,000 to cover base operational costs and costs associated with obtaining benefits and pension.   
    • Operators at or above 0.5 ratio will be eligible to receive the full grant.  
    • Operators below 0.5 ratio will be eligible to receive 50% of the grant. 
  • An annual enrollment grant per child enrolled in their program for the following amounts: 
    • Infant (0-22 months): $14,100 
    • Toddler (22-36 months): $7,400 
    • Preschool (36 months – school age): $3,700 
  • Both grants are paid quarterly based on average enrollments of the previous three months and pro-rated if services are not offered full-time (5 days per week) and/or year-round (12 months per year).  

Family Home Centre Licensing Incentive 

  • For FHCs seeking to become licensed, eligible applicants can apply to be supported and licensed by the end of 2024-25. Recipients would receive a one-time $3,000 licensing incentive grant.

What do I need to complete the online application for a Family Home Centre Capital grant?

You will be asked to enter or upload information as follows:

  • Funding stream(s) you want the grant to support
  • Business name and contact details
  • Family Home Centre licence number or date of licence application submission to the Early Learning and Childcare Board
  • Number of full and part time spaces approved for your program
  • A brief summary outlining how the proposed project will support your family home centre, for each stream included on the application
  • Budget information including a description and estimated cost for each proposed item in each funding stream
  • Floor plans for any proposed renovation and other support documents, upload field provided

How long will it take to process my application?

Please allow three weeks to receive approval. 

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact the Early Years Manager of Grants, Lisa Bernard at or by phone at 902-438-4843.

Education and Early Years

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Early Years
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062