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Community Child Care Fund

The Community Child Care Fund is designed to help eligible child care services address barriers to early learning and child care participation, particularly in disadvantaged communities, including Indigenous communities. There are various streams of funding, as follows.

Community Child Care Fund - open competitive program

Eligible providers can apply for grant funding to:

  • make it easier for disadvantaged or vulnerable families and communities to access and use child care services
  • support the sustainability of a service, if the provider is having trouble staying financially viable
  • provide capital support (for buildings or equipment) to increase the supply of child care places in areas of high unmet demand.

Community Child Care Fund - restricted non-competitive program

This program is available to specified services only. Eligible service will be notified and invited to apply.

Eligible providers can apply for grant funding to:

  • ensure continuity of child care services during and beyond any period of transition
  • support eligible child care services to build capacity and operate sustainably under the new child care system
  • support services to increase participation by Indigenous children.

More information: Community Child Care Fund,

Grant opportunities, including eligibility criteria, will be advertised on GrantConnect.

Connected Beginnings program

This program is designed to integrate early childhood, maternal and child health, and family support services with schools in a selected number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities experiencing disadvantage. Providers will be notified if they are in an eligible community.

More information about the guidelines for the Connected Beginnings program (www.education.gov.au).