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ACT Preschool Matters Program


This program aims to support initiatives that strengthen parental engagement with children’s learning and develop collaborative partnerships with families and communities.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available. The total funding pool is $15,000 for 2017-18.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include organisations that must:
- Provide a preschool program in the ACT.
- Have an ABN or provide evidence they have applied for one.
- Have a current public liability insurance policy with a minimum of $10 million in cover.
- Meet one of the following service delivery types:
a) Not-for profit incorporated association or company
b) Not-for-profit organisation with other legal status
c) Government agency or statutory body
d) ACT government, Catholic Systemic, Catholic Non-systemic or Independent school
e) Approved Early Childhood Education and Care Service under the National Quality Framework
- Are a viable legal entity as defined by the Australian Taxation Office. Applicants may be asked to provide copies of recent Audited Financial Statements to help support their claim of financial viability.

Organisations may submit an individual application or develop partnerships with other organisations (eg: a Child and Family Centre or a school) and submit an application reflective of these arrangements. A partnership application must be submitted by the ‘lead’ organisation or service provider. Each application is treated individually. Organisations with multiple services and sites will be required to provide individual and site-specific applications.

Eligible Activities

Eligible proposed initiatives must:
- Align with the aims of the program as described in the funding Guidelines.
- Be delivered in the ACT for ACT residents.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- The proposal demonstrates an intended impact on the beliefs, values, expectations and practices of parents and/or the community with children’s learning in line with current parent engagement research. (40%).
- Links to the National Quality Standard in particular Quality Area 6 – Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities, and quality improvement processes. (30%).
- Evidence of partnership with parents, families and/or communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and vulnerable families where applicable. (30%).

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Projects that have already occurred, costs that have already been incurred, or products or services that have already been purchased, ordered or delivered.
- Costs of products or activities which are core business of the organisation. These include the infrastructure costs associated with running an organisation (e.g. employment of core staff, core programs, leasing or property maintenance).
- The purchase of appliances.
- Political party.

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Status Pending
Opening Date 2017-08-25
Closing Date 2017-10-13
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $1,000
Total Funding Pool $15,000
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Education : Primary Schools
Gender Any
Age Children
Who Can Apply?
Australian Capital Territory
Applicable to Churches Yes
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier State
ACT Education and Training Directorate
Program Administrator
ACT Education and Training Directorate
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