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ICANN Community Childcare Grants Program


The ICANN Community Childcare Grants Program aims to facilitate the in-person participation of community members with children at ICANN Public Meetings and eligible ICANN events (e.g. GDD Industry Summit, ICANN DNS Symposium). Grants up to USD 750.00 per family are available for participants of these events 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 in person the ICANN Public Meeting or eligible ICANN event.
  • Applicant must be registered and attend the ICANN Public Meeting or eligible ICANN event.
  • Children must be 12 years or younger by the first day of the ICANN Public Meeting or eligible ICANN event.
  • Childcare must be provided in the city or in the vicinity of where the ICANN Public Meeting or eligible ICANN event 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 Public Meeting (or eligible ICANN event) days and in the location where the meeting/event 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 or eligible ICANN event.

Non-Allowable Expenses

Funds may not be applied to:

  • Travel, lodging, and meal expenses for meeting/event 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 Public Meeting (or eligible ICANN event) 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/event that would already be incurred by the recipient attending the meeting/event.
  • Any other expenses not specified under allowable expenses.


Apply for the ICANN80 grant here. For more information, see the program's terms and conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

Important Dates and Deadlines

ICANN Meeting/Event Meeting/Event Dates Opening of application round Closing of application round Notification to grant recipients Deadline to submit receipts for reimbursement
ICANN79 Community Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico 2-7 March 2024 29 November 2023 26 January 2024, 11:59 pm UTC 2 February 2024 21 March 2024
ICANN80 Policy Forum in Kigali, Rwanda 10-13 June 2024 25 March 2024 3 May 2024, 11:59 pm UTC 10 May 2024 27 June 2024
ICANN81 Annual General Meeting 9-14 November 2024 14 August 2024 4 October 2024, 11:59 pm UTC 11 October 2024 27 November 2024

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 Public Meeting (or eligible ICANN event) took place, proof that the child traveled to the ICANN Public Meeting (or eligible ICANN event) location will be needed (e.g., copy of child's airplane tickets).

Reimbursement Processing Time

Reimbursements are distributed after the ICANN Public Meeting (or eligible ICANN event) 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. ICANN80 Application Form

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

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