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ICANN Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program


The ICANN Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program aims to facilitate the in-person participation of community members with children at ICANN meetings. Grants up to USD 750.00 per family are available for ICANN Public Meeting participants who are bringing children and will incur expenses due to babysitting and/or local childcare services.

There will be no meeting/conference-sponsored childcare services on-site. ICANN does not sanction or recommend specific childcare providers and does not assume responsibility or liability for childcare services of any sort. It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to thoroughly investigate all childcare providers.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for this grant:

  • Applicant must be the parent or legal guardian of the child(ren) who will need childcare services while the applicant attends the ICANN meeting in person
  • Applicant must be registered and attend the ICANN Public Meeting
  • Children must be 12 years or younger by the first day of the ICANN Public Meeting
  • Childcare must be provided in the city or in the vicinity of where the ICANN meeting is taking place 
  • Program participant must complete post-meeting program feedback survey

Note: ICANN staff and Board members are not eligible for this program.

Allowable Expenses

Allowable expenses are for babysitting and/or childcare service providers for the time they spend caring for a child. The services rendered must take place during the ICANN meeting days and in the location where the meeting is taking place.

Recipients of the ICANN childcare grant will be required to submit receipts for reimbursement of allowable expenses. Receipts must be submitted no later than 15 days after the ICANN Public Meeting.

Non-Allowable Expenses

Funds may not be applied to:

  • Travel, lodging, and meal expenses for meeting attendees, for the child, or for a caregiver
  • Ongoing childcare expenses that would already be incurred by the recipient
  • Childcare expenses incurred NOT in the city where the ICANN meeting is taking place
  • Toys, tickets to attractions (e.g., museums, amusement parks, etc.)
  • Any other expenses related to the recipient's participation in the meeting that would already be incurred by the recipient attending the meeting
  • Any other expenses not specified under allowable expenses


Apply for the ICANN67 childcare grant here.

For more information, see the program's terms and conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

Important Dates and Deadlines

ICANN Meeting Meeting Dates Opening of application round Closing of application round Notification to grant recipients Deadline to submit receipts for reimbursement

ICANN66 Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada

2-7 November 2019

1 July 2019

3 September 2019 11:59 pm UTC

19 September 2019

22 November 2019

ICANN67 Community Forum in Cancún, Mexico

7-12 March 2020

25 September 2019

20 November 2019 11:59 pm UTC

4 December 2019

27 March 2020

ICANN68 Policy Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

22-25 June 2020

8 January 2020

4 March 2020 11:59 pm UTC

18 March 2020

10 July 2020

Reimbursement Procedures & Financial Obligations

Expense Submission

Grant recipients must submit legible electronic copies of all original receipts for eligible expenses to If receipts are not from the country in which the ICANN meeting took place, proof that the child traveled to the ICANN meeting location will be needed (e.g., copy of child's airplane tickets).

Reimbursement Processing Time

Reimbursements are distributed after the ICANN meeting within six weeks after receipts are received. For receipts not in English, processing time may increase.


ICANN reserves the right to deny reimbursement to applicants who misrepresent their funding needs.

Important Links

  1. Program Terms and Conditions
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
  3. ICANN Public Meetings page
  4. Application Form

A list of possible local childcare providers is available upon request.

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