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Community Child Care Fund Program – Open Competitive Grant


This program seeks to support eligible child care services to transition to and operate viably under the new child care system, and support the longer term sustainability of eligible child care services. It forms part of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package, which is designed to make the child care system more affordable, more accessible, more flexible and targeted to those who need it most.

There are three funding categories available:
1. Sustainability support
- Helping eligible child care services operating in areas of limited supply improve the viability and sustainability of their service.
- Grants between $10,000 and $200,000 are available.

2. Community support
- Helping eligible child care services to work with other organisations and families to identify and address community level barriers to child care participation.
- Grants between $20,000 and $100,000 are available.

3. Capital support
- Helping eligible child care services by contributing towards the cost of modifying, renovating, extending or building child care facilities (‘capital works’).
- Grants between $50,000 and $150,000 are available.

A total funding pool of $50 million per annum has been made available by the Australian Government from July 2018 for allocation under the CCCF open competitive grant opportunity. This includes up to $4 million for special circumstances grants, if required.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must be:
- An approved provider of an approved child care service.
- An organisation which is either seeking funding for an approved child care service:
a) Operating in a priority area.
b) Currently in receipt of funding under the department’s Community Support Program.

While both for-profit and not-for-profit services are eligible to apply, funding preference will be given to not-for-profit services.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information on eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
1. Sustainability support
- Implementing changes to business practices and introducing innovative solutions to improve the sustainability and viability of a child care service.
- Developing and implementing an action plan to support transition to a more sustainable business model.
- Helping with additional costs of providing child care in unviable markets where a service is providing the most effective model of care for the community.
- Meeting standard child care operating costs during transition to a more sustainable business model.

2. Community support
- Linking child care services with relevant local organisations to work together to address community level barriers to child care participation and ultimately deliver increased child care utilisation.
- Building relationships with vulnerable and disadvantaged families with children who currently don’t use child care.
- Providing transport assistance that is clearly linked to broader child care engagement activities for isolated families and those with transport difficulties to access child care.
- Developing and implementing a community stakeholder engagement plan for a child care service.

3. Capital support
- Extending or modifying an existing child care centre.
- Extending or modifying a community centre or other building that will be used for child care.
- Building a new child care centre.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include how the application:
- Meets the criteria.
- Compares to other applications.
- Provides value for money.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the specific assessment criteria of each category.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Costs normally associated with running a child care service (for example rent, insurances, maintenance, registration or membership fees, salaries, training), unless as part of a transition to a more sustainable business model.
- Professional development for individual staff members of a child care service, unless as part of a strategy to increase family engagement or clearly linked to maintaining viability.
- Activities not related to the delivery of child care services.
- Purchasing of land.
- Proposals where capital works have commenced and/or been fully committed to at the time of application.
- Activities that are already fully funded by another government grants program.
- Activities that have already occurred, or to re-produce resources that have previously been developed.

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Guidelines 2017-12-07 Download
Media Release 2018-08-30 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 23 Aug 2017
Start By Date 19 Oct 2017
Closing Date 2 Nov 2017
Closing Information
The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $10,000
Max.Funding $200,000
Total Funding Pool $50M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
General Operations
CommunityServices : Other
Infrastructure : Facilities
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Education and Training
Program Administrator
Department of Education and Training
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