Grant announcements - Childminding and Capital Grants

Updated **Updated to say the Childminding Re-opening Grant has been increased to €1000 to ensure government consistency in supports for small business reopening**

Childminding Re-opening Grant 

The purpose of the Childminding Re-opening Grant is to support childminders who had to close as a direct result of the government restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An individual once-off Childminding grant of €500 per Childminder will be made available to assist with the additional costs of re-opening. Time Frame – Payments will commence on 26 June 2020. The application process will open on 19 June 2020 and close on 28 August 2020. Applicants will be required to complete their modifications/adaptations or have purchased their equipment between 13 March 2020 and 16 October 2020.

Resources for Childminders on re-opening are available on the First 5 website: https://first5.gov.ie/practitioners/reopening

Childminding Reopening Grant Guidelines, (DCYA)[Download here].

Application forms are available here: Childminding Reopening Grant Application, (DCYA)[Download PDF here] [Download Word version here].

Covid-19 Capital Grant
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DCYA has decided to use the funding that was allocated for this year’s ELC and SAC Capital Programme to provide grants to assist with the costs of supporting ELC and SAC services adhere to public health requirements to re-open.
Full details on this process can be found on the PIP portal