Extra spaces and fire-safety priorities for Childcare Investment in 2019
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD is pleased to announce the priorities for 2019’s Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes. The Minister has secured €9m for capital grants across 2019.
The budget for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes has been set at €6.106m.
A further announcement with details of an additional €3m to be associated with the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will issue early in 2019.
The programmes will be open for applications from early learning and care and school age childcare services in February 2019.
All applicants must have a DCYA Reference Number for the facility which is the subject of the Strand application. Please find attached Application Form to apply for a DCYA reference number in order to make an application for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019
Please note that the deadline for completed forms to be returned to KCCC for a DCYA reference number is the 8th of March 2019 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: Childcare services that already hold a DCYA Reference Number for their existing facility do not have to complete this form.
Capital funding under the programmes will be delivered under the following three strands:
Strand A: Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds - €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant)
Strand B: Fire Safety for community early learning and care services – €0.875m, (max. €15,000 per grant)
Strand C: Creation of new school age places - €1m (max. €20,000 per grant)
The focus of the funding in 2019 is to continue the expansion of early learning and care places for 0-3 year olds and school age childcare places where this is most needed.
Funding is also being made available to aid community/not-for-profit early learning and childcare services in addressing fire safety issues that have been highlighted in inspection reports.
Please click here for the GUIDELINES FOR EARLY LEARNING AND CARE AND SCHOOL AGE CHILDCARE SERVICES CAPITAL GRANTS 2019
The application process will commence in February 2019 the application forms will be on located for each service on their PIP page under the funding tab, KCCC will advise all services when the forms are available to review.