Community Child Care Fund

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Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity

Special Circumstances funding is available to support the continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, where service viability is affected by unforeseen circumstances outside the control of the service. Further information and resources are available at the Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity page.

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) is part of the new child care package, providing grants to child care services to reduce barriers to accessing child care, particularly in disadvantaged, regional and remote communities.

Grants awarded under the CCCF will:

  • support child care services to address barriers to participation, in particular in disadvantaged 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.

Key grant opportunities under the CCCF are:

  • Open competitive (for eligible approved child care services)
  • Restricted non-competitive (for specified services)
  • Connected Beginnings (commenced July 2016)
  • Special Circumstances

The Australian Government committed $110 million under the CCCF to support child care 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. From 1 January 2019, up to an additional $2 million in the first year and up to an additional $4 million per year after that will be available following the transfer of specified IAS services to the department.

CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity (for specified Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) services

The CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity (for specified IAS services) application period has now closed.

Other relevant documents

The Child Care Provider Handbook is written for providers of early learning and child care. It is a guide to the requirements and responsibilities of child care providers and services that are approved under Family Assistance Law.

The Additional Child Care Subsidy is a top up payment in addition to the Child Care Subsidy which will provide targeted additional fee assistance to families and children facing barriers in accessing affordable child care.