Timeline for Capital 2018
|Application Guidelines||January 2018|
|Go live date for applications||February 2018|
|Closing date for applications||3pm, 14th March 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: