In late December 2018, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD announced the priorities for 2019’s Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes. The Minister has secured €9m for capital grants across 2019. The budget for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes has been set at €6.106m. The programmes will be open for applications from early learning and care and school age childcare services in February 2019. Capital funding under the programmes will be delivered under the following three strands:
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 learning and care services – €0.875m, (max. €15,000 per grant)
Strand C: Creation of new school age places – €1m (max. €20,000 per grant)
The focus of the funding in 2019 is to continue the expansion of early learning and care places for 0-3 year olds and school age childcare places where this is most needed. Services providing a childcare service (either early learning or school age), but are not currently participating in any of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) funded programmes that wish to apply for this funding will need to apply for a DCYA reference number.
If you plan to apply for this funding, please fill in the application for DCYA reference number here and return to us here in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown CCC by the 7th March 2019 .