Capital Funding

Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital 2018

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs recently announced that there will be an Early Years and a School Age Childcare Capital Programme in 2018.
Early Years
•    Strand 1:     New or expanding services     Minimum grant is €20k, maximum grant is €50k
•    Strand 2:     Essential maintenance            Minimum grant is €10k, maximum grant is €20k
•    Strand 3:    Natural outdoor play area       Minimum grant is €3k, maximum grant is €7k

 

School Age
•    Strand 4:    New or expanding services    Minimum grant is €3k, maximum grant is €20k
•    Strand 5:    Essential maintenance            Minimum grant is €2k, maximum grant is €5k

 

For the first time, in 2018, Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes will run concurrently. Services will be able to apply online using a single application form through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). The application window will close on 13th March 2018 at 3pm.

 

Timeline for Capital 2018

Actions Key Dates*
Application Guidelines January 2018
Go live date for applications February 2018
Closing date for applications 3pm, 14th March 2018
Appraisals March-April 2018
Decisions May 2018
Notification of Outcomes Issued by end of May 2018

                                                                                                                                                    *note: exact dates to follow in January 2018

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 under this strand is €50,000 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.

Eligibility is confined to services that did not receive funding under Strand 1 of EYC 2017.

Strand 2 will provide grants of up to a maximum of €20,000 for building improvements and maintenance and is exclusively for community early years services. These grants are being provided to ensure that community services continue to be fit for purpose and are energy efficient. Grants under this strand will be provided for essential repairs to the existing building and facilities, replacement of the building’s fixtures and fittings, works highlighted as a direct result of an inspection by TUSLA or other competent authorities, works to remove internal divides or rearrange internal spaces to improve efficiency, and/or equipment to improve the quality of service provided.

For applicants who received funding under Strand 2 of EYC 2017, the works or equipment applied for must be materially different from those funded by Strand 2, EYC 2017.

Strand 3 will provide funding for the creation of 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. Under early years regulations, services are required to provide outdoor space for children, and this measure seeks to improve the quality of these for small to medium sized services. Services can apply for grants of up to a maximum of €7,000.

Eligibility is confined to services that did not receive funding under Strand 3 of EYC 2017.

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.

Eligibility is confined to services that did not receive funding under Strand A of SAC 2017.

Strand 5 will provide grants of up to a maximum of €5,000 for building improvements and maintenance and is exclusively for community school age services. This strand of funding will provide for improvements in facilities and or to meet safety and security requirements, essential building repairs and equipment to improve quality of the service provided.

For applicants who received funding under SAC 2017, the works or equipment applied for must be materially different from those funded by SAC 2017.

Further details can be found in:

Capital Grants 2018 – Pre-Application briefting notes

Applicant guidelines Early Years and School Age Capital 2018

Factsheet on Public Procurement and Conflict of Interest

 

 

 

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