Early Years Capital Grants
Capital 2018 Announcement
Monday 4th December, 2017
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is delighted to announce that there will be an Early Years and a School Age Childcare Capital Programme in 2018. The purpose of this announcement is to alert childcare services about the upcoming programme and give time to prepare to apply for the grants.
This year’s programme call will consist of 5 Strands.
– Strand 1: Expansion of an existing facility or creation of a new facility (Early Years)
– Strand 2: Essential building maintenance (Early Years, community services only)
– Strand 3: Creation of new natural outdoor play area (Early Years)
– Strand 4: The expansion of an existing facility or creation of a new facility (School Age Childcare)
– Strand 5: Essential building maintenance & quality improvement (School Age Childcare, community services only)Services can apply for all strands for which they are eligible.
Please note that in 2018, Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital schemes will run concurrently.
It is hoped to open applications early in 2018 to allow for appraisal, decision-making and contracting to take place in advance of the summer.
DCYA reference numbers
To apply for funding under any of the strands, ALL applicants MUST HAVE a valid DCYA reference number.
The DCYA reference number under which an application is made MUST relate to the facility (address) at which the grant monies are to be spent and reported.
If you intend to move or open a facility at a different address you MUST obtain a new DCYA reference number before the opening of capital applications. You must have a DCYA reference number for each facility i.e. premises for which you wish to make an application for funding.
To obtain a DCYA reference number you must first contact your local City/County Childcare Committee who will provide you with the relevant support and advice.
All Early Years services are required to register with Tusla and your City/County Childcare Committee will help you in this regard. For new Early Years premises, DCYA can provide reference numbers in advance of a Tusla fit-for-purpose check for the purpose of applications to the Capital programme.
All School Age Childcare Services are required to register with DCYA only. Your local City/County Childcare Committee will advise and support you in this regard.
Further information on 2018 Capital programmes will be available in December and full application guidelines will follow early in 2018.
The Early Years Capital Grants are grants that the government have been opening up applications for each year for Early Years Services. These have been available to both private and community services. These are generally available at the same time of year, either March/April. Each Year these grants are directed to different areas of quality within the sector. This year (2017) in particular,
One aim is to enable the expansion of early years services in areas of greatest need, where it is evident that supply is not meeting demand. This year’s programme will include and support the expansion of places for 0-3 year olds as well as increasing the number of ECCE rooms. It is anticipated that demand for places will continue to rise due to the expansion of the Early Childhood Care (ECCE) and the announcement of the Affordable Early Years Service Providers Scheme in the 2016 budget.
Alongside increasing the number of places in services, it is important that buildings, specifically community services that received large capital investment in the past, remain fit for purpose and are energy efficient. This year’s programme will include opportunities for investment in works, which will contribute to improving sustainability by reducing the energy and building maintenance costs in the short term.
The quality initiative component of the capital grant this year aims to provide opportunities for children to play outdoors in a way that promotes physical development, provides health benefits and facilitates children to learn about risks and challenges in a natural and safe environment. This initiative is targeted at smaller services, particularly those in disadvantaged areas who have not previously availed of such funding.
WHEN THE GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE, WE WILL UPDATE YOU(SERVICE PROVIDER) VIA EMAIL WITH ALL THE INFORMATION FOR THE YEAR AND GUIDELINES. WE WILL ALSO POST UPDATES ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS OF SUCH NEWS.
If you would like help with your Early Years Grants application, Longford CCC are here for support and are happy to help you with your application.