Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital 2018

Early Years
•    Strand 1:     New or expanding services     Minimum grant is €20k, maximum grant is €50k
•    Strand 2:     Essential maintenance            Minimum grant is €10k, maximum grant is €20k
•    Strand 3:    Natural outdoor play area       Minimum grant is €3k, maximum grant is €7k

School Age
•    Strand 4:    New or expanding services    Minimum grant is €3k, maximum grant is €20k
•    Strand 5:    Essential maintenance            Minimum grant is €2k, maximum grant is €5k

For the first time, in 2018, Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes will run concurrently. Services will be able to apply online using a single application form through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). The application window will close in March 2018.

Timeline for Capital 2018

Actions Key Dates*
Application Guidelines January 2018
Go live date for applications February 2018
Closing date for applications March 2018
Appraisals March-April 2018
Decisions May 2018
Notification of Outcomes * Issued by end of May 2018

                                                                                                                                                    *note: exact dates to follow in January 2018

Details of funding strands available:

Strand 1 will accommodate applications from early years providers who wish to create additional childcare places for children in the 0-5 age range, with particular emphasis on 0-3 places. The maximum grant available under this strand is €50,000 and is intended to allow for the full cost of a minor expansion project or the purchase of a temporary structure to meet local demand.

Eligibility is confined to services that did not receive funding under Strand 1 of EYC 2017.

Strand 2 will provide grants of up to a maximum of €20,000 for building improvements and maintenance and is exclusively for community early years services. These grants are being provided to ensure that community services continue to be fit for purpose and are energy efficient. Grants under this strand will be provided for essential repairs to the existing building and facilities, replacement of the building’s fixtures and fittings, works highlighted as a direct result of an inspection by TUSLA or other competent authorities, works to remove internal divides or rearrange internal spaces to improve efficiency, and/or equipment to improve the quality of service provided.

For applicants who received funding under Strand 2 of EYC 2017, the works or equipment applied for must be materially different from those funded by Strand 2, EYC 2017.

Strand 3 will provide funding for the creation of natural outdoor play areas, to create opportunities for children to play outdoors in a way which promotes physical development, provides health benefits and facilitates children to learn about risk and challenges in a natural and safe environment. This initiative is targeted at early years services of 0-50 children capacity that have not previously availed of such funding. Under early years regulations, services are required to provide outdoor space for children, and this measure seeks to improve the quality of these for small to medium sized services. Services can apply for grants of up to a maximum of €7,000.

Eligibility is confined to services that did not receive funding under Strand 3 of EYC 2017.

Strand 4 will provide funding for school age childcare providers who wish to create additional childcare places through expansion, relocation or the establishment of a new facility to meet demand. The maximum grant available under this strand is €20,000.

Eligibility is confined to services that did not receive funding under Strand A of SAC 2017.

Strand 5 will provide grants of up to a maximum of €5,000 for building improvements and maintenance and is exclusively for community school age services. This strand of funding will provide for improvements in facilities and or to meet safety and security requirements, essential building repairs and equipment to improve quality of the service provided.

For applicants who received funding under SAC 2017, the works or equipment applied for must be materially different from those funded by SAC 2017.

Further details can be found in Capital Grants 2018 – Pre-Application briefting notes and in Applicant guidelines Early Years and School Age Capital 2018

* See the list of successful grant applications in Limerick for 2018 in 2018 Grants Approved

School Aged Childcare Capital 2017

The DCYA aims to increase the number of school aged childcare (SAC) places in 2017 and contribute to improving the quality of existing school aged childcare services by providing grants for minor capital works and/or equipment.

€3m is available for allocation in 2017 across three strands as follows:

Strand A: Establishment of new SAC services

A grant between €3,000 and €20,000 will be available for the establishment of a new school aged childcare service.

Strand B: Expansion of existing SAC services

A grant between €3,000 and €10,000 will be available for the expansion of existing school aged childcare services. The provision of additional school aged childcare places will be a criterion for this grant.

Strand C: Improvement of existing SAC services

A grant between €2,000 and €5,000 will be available for the improvement of the quality of existing school aged childcare services.

Online applications via the PIP system may be made until 3 p.m. on Wednesday 17th May 2017.

Any funding received must be spent and reported to Pobal by 30th November 2017.

Please read SAC2017 Applicant Guidelines FINAL for full details.

All queries about the programme should be sent to onlinesupport@pobal.ie

Early Years Capital 2017 (EYC2017) Programme

Minister Katherine Zappone has announced that €4m is being provided to improve childcare services.

She stated that the funding will help put the infrastructure in place to support ambitious plans to turn Ireland’s childcare system from one of the most expensive in the world to the best.

The 2017 Early Years Capital Funding programme is to be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other early year services under three strands:
·    Strand 1: Additional childcare places (€3 million) – funding under this strand must be used for:

  • the creation of a minimum of 6 additional places for 0-3 year olds and/or
  • the creation of a minimum of 11 additional places through new or additional ECCE room(s) or
  • the provision of new early years services in areas where demand is evidenced but is clearly not being met.

·    Strand 2: Building improvements and maintenance (€500,000) – for community based services only where they have already received a capital grant of €200,000 or more under the EOCP or NCIP funding programmes.
·    Strand 3: Natural outdoor play areas (€500,000) – construction must use natural products to provide opportunities to facilitate children’s ability to learn about risk, exploration and challenge.  Services must, at the 28th February 2017, have had 25 or fewer children registered in the service.

Any funding received must be spent and reported to Pobal by 30th November 2017.

Applications may be made online via the PIP system commencing on Friday 24th March 2017 until the closing date of 3 p.m. on Friday 21st April 2017.

Please read EYC 2017 Applicant guidelines for full details.

All queries about the programme should be sent to onlinesupport@pobal.ie

Early Years Capital 2016 (EYC2016) Programme

Minister James Reilly 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.

Applications may be made online via the PIP system during the week ending 18th March 2016. The expected closing date for applications is during the week ending 8th April 2016. In advance of the opening of online applications, childcare providers should read EYC 2016 Application Form for Information Only in order to prepare the documents necessary for application. Please read EYC 2016 Applicant Guidelines and EYC 2016 FAQs for full details.

All queries about the programme should be sent to onlinesupport@pobal.ie

Early Years Capital 2015 (EYC2015) Programme

Dr. James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced the launch of capital funding, totalling €7 million for Early Years services on the 16th April. The funding is available to Early Years (Childcare) Services currently in contract with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), i.e. services currently operating one of the National Childcare Schemes (ECCE, CCS and/or TEC).

€5million is being made available under Strands 1, 2 and 3. These Strands are only available to Community Based/ Not-for-Profit Services.

  • Strand 1: Large Scale Capital funding Relocation/Major Refurbishment of Early Years Services. Grants in the region of €500,000.
  • Strand 2: Essential Maintenance of Early Years Services for medium scale works. Grants up to maximum of €50,000.
  • Strand 3: Quality Improvement & Sustainability in Early Years Services, for medium scale works to improve the Building Energy Rating (BER) of facilities. Grants up to maximum of €50,000.
  • €2million is being made available under Strand 4. This Strand is available to both Community and Private Services. Strand 4: Quality Improvement. Grants up to maximum of €500, for the upgrade of ICT equipment.

Application forms will be available from 29th April 2015 on the PIP Portal. The closing date for applications is the 28th May 2015. All queries about the programmes should be sent to onlinesupport@pobal.ie

Further information on the EYC2015 programme and information on how to make an application, can be found on the Pobal Website.

Childminding Development Grant (CMDG)

Each year, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) makes funding available for Childminder’s. This funding is administrated locally by Limerick Childcare Committee. The same scale grant of €1,000 is available to Childminders, who are Registered with Tusla or Voluntary Notified to Limerick Childcare Committee. Other eligiblity criteria apply, including completion of the ‘Quality Awareness Programme’ and Proof of Insurance.

The Childminding Development Grant can be used to purchase toys, educational materials and equipment, or make some minor household adaptations to assist the Childminder in developing a quality service.

Applications Forms are available from Limerick Childcare Committee once per year, and are posted to all Childminders, who are Registered with Tusla or Voluntary Notified to Limerick Childcare Committee. Notice of the Application Process is also posted in the Childminding Section of our Website.