Outdoor play areas, extra spaces and essential maintenance are to be supported by € 6.8m in capital funding for childcare services in 2018, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone.
Applications will open in February 2018 to ensure children of all ages will benefit as soon as possible.
Services will be able to apply online using a single application form through PIP.
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Details of Funding Strands available:
Strand 1 will accommodate applications from early years providers who wish to create additional childcare places for children in the 0-5 age range, with particular emphasis on 0-3 places. The maximum grant available is € 50,000.00 and is intended to allow for the full cost of a minor expansion project or the purchase of a temporary structure to meet local demand.
Strand 2 will accommodate grants of up to €20,000.00 for building improvements and maintenance and is exclusively for community early years services.
Strand 3 will provide funding for the creation on natural outdoor play areas, to create opportunities for children to play outdoors in a way which promotes physical development, provides health benefits and facilitates children to learn about risk and challenges in a natural and safe environment.This initiative is targeted at early years services of 0-50 children capacity that have not previously availed of such funding. Services can apply for grants of up to a maximum of € 7,000.00.
Strand 4 will provide funding for school age childcare providers who wish to create additional childcare places through expansion, relocation or the establishment of a new facility to meet demand. The maximum grant available under this strand is € 20,000.00.
Strand 5 will provide grants of up to a maximum of € 5,000.00 for building improvements and maintenance and is exclusively for community school age services.
Full guidelines and details of the programs, as well as an exact timetable for applications, appraisals and approvals, will follow in January 2018.
Providers are encouraged to contact their local City / County Childcare Committees with any questions they may have.
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