Community Child Care Fund

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) was announced as part of the new child care package, that is designed to make the child care system more affordable, more accessible, more flexible and targeted to those who need it most.

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) restricted non-competitive grant opportunity application period has now opened and will close at 2:00 pm AEDT on Friday 8 December 2017.

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) open competitive grant opportunity application period closed at 2:00pm AEDT on Thursday, 2 November 2017.

The CCCF is a key component of the Australian Government's new Child Care Safety Net that contributes to giving the most vulnerable children a strong start in life, while supporting parents into work.

Under the CCCF, eligible child care services will be able to apply for supplementary funding through a grants program to:

  • reduce the barriers in accessing child care, in particular for disadvantaged or vulnerable families and communities
  • provide sustainability support for child care services experiencing viability issues
  • provide capital support to increase the supply of child care places in areas of high unmet demand.

The expected outcomes of the CCCF are to:

  • improve early childhood development outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children
  • increase workforce participation by vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

Key grant opportunities under the CCCF are:

  • Open competitive (for eligible approved child care services)
  • Restricted non-competitive (for specified services)
  • Connected Beginnings

The Australian Government has committed $61.8 million under the CCCF to support Budget Based Funded (BBF) services to transition into the new child care arrangements, as well as to support services to meet the costs of expanding to increase Indigenous children's participation in early education and care. Current BBF services delivering child care will be able to access the CCCF via the restricted non-competitive grant process.

CCCF open competitive grant opportunity

The CCCF open competitive grant opportunity application period closed at 2:00pm AEDT on Thursday, 2 November 2017.

Guidelines for this grant opportunity are available on the Australian Government's GrantConnect website.

CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity

The CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity application period has now opened and will close at 2:00 pm AEDT on Friday 8 December 2017.

The CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity is available to specified services only. To be eligible to apply for funding under this grant opportunity, you must be the operator of a child care service that is on the list of eligible services specified by the department (list of eligible services) available below.

Program guidelines for this grant opportunity are available on the Australian Government's GrantConnect website. To apply under this grant opportunity please download the Application Form below. It is important that applicants read the application information including the Grant Agreement Terms and Conditions (note these Grant Agreement Terms and Conditions are subject to change) carefully before submitting an application.

If applicants would like further information regarding this grant opportunity, please refer to the Application Help section in the Application Form.

List of Eligible Services

Application Form

Grant Agreement Terms and Conditions

Questions and Answers

Other information

Funding for both the open competitive grant opportunity and the restricted non-competitive grant opportunity is expected to be available to successful applicants from July 2018.

Please continue to check this webpage for updates on the CCCF grant opportunities.