Minister Reilly has announced the launch of capital funding totalling €4 million for Early Years services in 2016 (EYC2016). This funding is specifically for pre-school providers – both community/not-for-profit and private providers – who want to expand their services to cater for more children from September 2016.

Applications for funding through the EYC2016 will be taken from eligible childcare providers in respect of a contribution towards the total project cost, or the full cost (up to a maximum of €10,000), for the following:
·    Build / fit out / refurbishment of an additional room /extension;
·    Minor building alterations; and
·    Costs for additional play equipment (to a maximum of €5,000) to facilitate an increase in childcare places.

Any funding received must be spent in 2016.

See Capital Funding Press Release Feb2016 for Minister’s full announcement.