• Minister O’Gorman announces €10m Capital Grant for the Early Learning and Childcare Sector

    Posted on September 1, 2022 by in News Updates


    • €10m announced under the Building Blocks – Improvement Grant

    • Building Blocks – Improvement Grant is part of a wider Building Blocks Capital
    Programme for Early Learning and Care Services (ELC) and School Age Childcare
    Services (SAC) under the National Development Plan

    • Early Learning and Care Services (ELC) and School Age Childcare Services (SAC) who
    are who are in contract for NCS and/or ECCE with at least one child registered are
    eligible to apply. Successful applicants must be in contract with Core Funding
    before any funding is released.

    Roderic O’ Gorman, T.D., Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, has
    today announced a €10m Capital Grant for the Early Learning and Childcare Sector. The
    Building Blocks – Improvement Grant is part of a wider Building Blocks Capital Programme for
    Early Learning and Childcare under the National Development Plan.
    Grants will range from €35,000 to €75,000 across two separate strands: Green Energy and
    Retrofit.
    The Green Energy Strand/Strand A will support the Climate Action Agenda and the
    Programme for Government, which aim to transition to a carbon neutral economy by the end
    of 2050 and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030.
    Under the Green Energy strand, grants will be provided for improvements to increase energy
    efficiency, utilising renewables where feasible, such as the installation of solar panels and
    heat pumps, insulation and water conservation measures.
    The Retrofit Strand/Strand B will provide grants to existing services in need of upgrading.
    Eligible works include kitchen works and refurbishment, upgrading of sanitary facilities for
    children and adults, roof repairs/replacement, and upgrading of flooring.
    Applications from eligible services will be accepted in Q4 2022 and successful applicants will
    be notified in early 2023.
    Early Learning and Care Services and School Age Childcare Services who are who are in
    contract for NCS or ECCE 2022/2023 with at least one child registered are eligible to
    apply. Successful applicants must be in contract with Core Funding before any funding is
    released
    Welcoming the announcement, Minister O’Gorman said:
    “The Building Blocks – Improvement Grant will provide funding of up to €75,000 for
    upgrading, renovating or refurbishing Early Learning and Childcare settings to improve the
    quality of learning environments for children as well as energy efficiency of the settings.
    This is part of a wider Building Blocks Capital Programme designed to meet current and longterm Early Learning and Childcare infrastructure needs – with details of a €45m Building
    Blocks – Capacity Grant and a €15m Building Blocks – Innovation Grant to be announced in the
    coming months.
    Services that sign up for the new €221m Core Funding Scheme are eligible for funding under
    for the Building Blocks Capital Programme.
    As well as being a substantial support to the sector in itself, it is my intention that Core
    Funding will unlock access to a wider package of supports and resources to providers who
    chose to work in partnership with the State to deliver Early Learning and Childcare for the
    public good.
    The Building Blocks Capital Programme will be just one of an additional incentives on offer”.

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