Apply for funding for the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care - Quality Improvement Projects

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Note: the application period was extended to April 14, 2023.

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Application period

You can apply between January 31, 2023, and April 14, 2023, at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Description of the funding

If you want to know more, please see the IELCC program and the IELCC Framework.


We will fund projects that aim to achieve at least 1 of the following objectives:


To apply, you must meet all of the following conditions.

Application for funding

Eligible applicants

Note to organizations located and operating in Québec.

Some applicants in the province of Quebec are subject to the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (R.S.Q. c. M-30) of the Government of Quebec. These applicants are eligible to submit a proposal. However, if we accept your project, you will also need to obtain the approval of the Government of Quebec before we can fund your project.

Eligible projects

How we assess your application

If your project is eligible, we will assess it based on the following criteria.

Organizational capacity

Project relevance

Project activities

Project results


Additional funding considerations

We may give additional consideration to projects that have partnerships and specifically those with 1 or more of the following:

We may prioritize projects for funding that demonstrate the following objectives:

We may prioritize project proposals based on geographical and sectoral representation.

Steps to apply

  1. Read the applicant guide
  2. Gather your supporting documents and information
  3. Decide how to apply

Step 1: Read the applicant guide

Read the applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form.

Step 2. Gather your supporting documents

Note: If you are unable to provide a supporting document with your application package, please provide a rationale as to why you cannot provide it.

Download files

For applications by email, mail or in-person:

Step 3. Decide how to apply

Apply online

You can apply for funding online through the Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) platform.

Creating a GCOS account allows you to apply for various funding opportunities with Employment and Social Development Canada in a secure web environment.

GCOS allows you to apply and track your application status, sign agreements, manage active projects, submit supporting documents, and review past projects submitted through GCOS.

Apply using GCOS

Information you need to know if you apply online

  • Private and public organizations must have a CRA business number to apply online
  • You can print a copy of your application before submitting your application
  • After you print a copy of your online application, click "submit" to complete your application. If you do not click "submit", your application will not be sent to us
Apply by email
  1. Ensure you have all your supporting documents and completed application
  2. Print and sign the signature pages
  3. Send your complete application package by email to:
Apply by mail
  1. Ensure you have all your supporting documents and completed application
  2. Print and sign the signature pages
  3. Send your complete application package by mail to:
    Indigenous Early Learning Child Care (IELCC) submissions
    Coordination Unit mailstop 402
    National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)
    140 Promenade du Portage Phase IV Floor 4
    Gatineau QC  K1A 0J9

After you've applied

We will review your application. We expect to make funding decisions by Fall 2023.


You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt

By email

We will automatically confirm receipt by email.

By mail

We will confirm receipt within 21 days.

Contact us

If you have questions or need help with this application process, contact

We will answer questions sent before April 13, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Information sessions

We will hold 2 information sessions on the following dates:

Additional information sessions have been scheduled on the following dates:

You can join online or by phone. If you want to join, send an email to We will send you details via email on how to do so.

In your email, let us know if you prefer English or French. Also, let us know if you need any special accommodation to attend.


Early learning and child care (ELCC)
Activities designed to support the learning and development of children less than 6-years old.

Indigenous organizations
Organizations that both:

Indigenous Peoples
A collective name for the first peoples of North America and their descendants. Canadian law recognizes 3 distinct peoples: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.

Groups or people that you collaborate with and that contribute to the project.

Special Needs
Includes any physical, social, emotional, behavioral, or learning needs that need unique accommodation.

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