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ICANN to Launch a Pilot Childcare Grants Program for its Community

ICANN is making it easier for community members with children (up to 12 years old) to attend ICANN meetings in person by launching the Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program.

Starting with ICANN66, the Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada, eligible community members can apply for a grant of up to USD 750.00 per family. The grant is intended to offset childcare costs that might otherwise deter a community member from attending an ICANN public meeting.

We understand that the public meetings are an integral part of ICANN's work and we want to make sure as many people as possible have an opportunity to participate.

This new pilot program is designed to give ICANN meeting attendees a number of childcare options, including the ability to choose their own childcare provider. ICANN will conduct research before each meeting and make available a list of possible local childcare providers from which to choose.

Each community member will be able to decide which provider(s) best meets their needs. ICANN is not in a position to sanction or recommend specific childcare providers. There will be no sponsored childcare services on-site, although all efforts will be made to identify childcare providers as close in distance to the ICANN meeting venue as possible.

For anyone interested, applications for the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada will open on 1 July 2019 and must be submitted by 11:59 pm UTC on 3 September 2019.

For more information and details about the program and how to apply, please visit: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/community-childcare-grants

We will make on-going assessments of this pilot program to be sure that it affords the intended benefits in the best manner possible. We are excited at the opportunity to support our community and their families and look forward to launching this program.

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