Capital Grants

The Early Years Capital Programme 2020 was due to close to applications on 27 March 2020. Given the difficulties being experienced across Ireland at this time, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has decided to suspend applications for the 2020 capital programme, for now. DCYA will keep this situation under review and will be back in touch when there is an update.

Please see below the applicant guidelines for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital Programme 2020. Please read these guidelines carefully before making an application.

If you have any questions please contact Pobal at 01-5117222 or .

Please click on the links below for more information:

Application guidelines
Technical guidelines

Service providers will be invited to apply for funding under the following strands:

  • Strand A: Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds – €5.5 million (max. €50,000 per grant).
  • Strand B: Works required for regulatory compliance for community services – €1 million (max. €1,200 per grant).
  • Strand C: Creation of new school age places – €700,000 (max. €20,000 per grant).

The funding objective is the continued expansion of early learning and care places for 0-3 year olds, and to create additional places for school age childcare.

Funding is also being made available to support community/not-for-profit early learning and care services in addressing issues identified during the process of Tusla re-registration.


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