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Community Child Care Fund Program – Open Competitive Grant


This program aims to make the child care system more affordable, more accessible, more flexible and targeted to those who need it most.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Support eligible child care services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to transition to and operate viably under the new child care system.
- Support the longer-term sustainability of eligible child care services.

There are three 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 $2,000 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 $5,000 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 approximately $110 million (GST exclusive) is available. Within this allocation, there is approximately:
- $21.8 million in 2018-19
- $11.5 million in 2019-20
- $10.3 million in 2020-21

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must be:
- A Child Care Subsidy (CCS) approved operator of an approved child care service under Family Assistance Law and:
a) Their service must be providing child care in a CCCF priority area (refer to section 4.3).
b) 50% or more of children attending their service must reside in a CCCF priority area.
c) 50% or more of their educators must be delivering care in a CCCF priority area (for family day care services).
- An approved operator of an In Home Care service that was a previous recipient of funding under the department’s Community Support Program, during 2017-18.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements of each category.

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.
- 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:
- Sustainability support: Describe the particular barrier/s to child care viability or sustainability that their service is experiencing.
- Community support: Describe the particular barrier/s to child care participation in their community.
- Capital support: Describe the need for additional child care places in their community.

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


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Costs normally associated with running a child care service (for example rent, insurances, maintenance, salaries), unless:
a) As part of a transition to a more sustainable business model.
b) The service is the sole provider of child care in an unviable market.
- 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 (for example environmental sustainability projects).
- Purchasing of land.
- Proposals where capital works have commenced and/or been fully committed to at the time of application.
- Activities that:
a) Are already fully funded by another government grants program.
b) Have already occurred, or to re-produce resources that have previously been developed.
- The purchase or lease of vehicles not directly linked to the transport of children to child care.

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Documentation Uploaded
Sample Standard Grant Agreement with Grant Conditions 2019-03-12 Download
Budget Template - Sustainability Support 2019-03-12 Download
Sample Supplementary Terms 2019-03-12 Download
Guidelines 2019-03-12 Download
Translating and Interpreting Services Costing Tool 2019-03-12 Download
Budget Template - Community Support 2019-03-12 Download
FAQs 2019-03-12 Download
Application Support Resources 2019-03-12 Download
Budget Template - Capital Support 2019-03-12 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 8 Mar 2019
Start By Date 22 Mar 2019
Closing Date 5 Apr 2019
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $2,000