Early Years Capital and School Aged Childcare Funding Programmes
The purpose of the Early Years Capital and School Aged Childcare Funding programmes is to support early years’ and school aged childcare service providers in the community and private sector.
The underpinning principle of the capital funding programmes is to increase the number of childcare places in areas of greatest need alongside improving the quality of facilities provided in the community.
Capital funding is provided to ensure that early years and school age service facilities meet all regulatory requirements, provide places for all age groups, maintain and improve their buildings and outdoor areas to a standard that meets the needs of families in their community.
Pobal administers the Early Years Capital and School Aged Childcare Funding programmes on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).
The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019.
The available strands of funding are as follows:
- Strand A: Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds – €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant).
- Strand B: Fire Safety for community early years services – €0.875m, (max.€15,000 per grant).
- Strand C: Creation of new school age places – €1m (max. €20,000 per grant).
Both early learning and care and school age childcare providers are invited to apply.
Crossabeg Community Childcare Centre received funding through School Age Capital 2017 to improve the school aged childcare service they were providing. The service is a community-based childcare setting in close proximity to the local primary school.View Case Study