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.

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 is now open, more information is available below.

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 is now open and will close at 2:00 pm AEDT on Thursday 1 November 2018.

This grant opportunity is available to specified IAS 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 (Eligible Services List) which is available on Australian Government's GrantConnect website.

It is important that applicants read the CCCF Restricted non-competitive grant opportunity (for specified IAS services) Guidelines carefully before submitting an application. The application form, program guidelines and a sample CCCF grant agreement are available on GrantConnect.

If you would like further information regarding this grant opportunity, please refer to the Questions and Answers or the Application Help section in the Application Form.