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Community Child Care Fund Round 2

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Round 2 Open Competitive Grant Opportunity application period opened on 8 March 2019 and will close at 11:00 pm AEDST on Friday 5 April 2019. The new round will help child care services in disadvantaged communities to improve access to early learning opportunities for vulnerable children and families. Further information including eligbility criteria is available below.

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.

Community Child Care Fund Business Support

Business Support is a free business review and advice service that is available to child care services experiencing financial viability and/or sustainability issues, particularly in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities.

Further information and resources are available at Community Child Care Fund Business Support

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:

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.

Community Child Care Fund Round 2 - Open Competitive Grant Opportunity

Under Round 2 eligible child care services will be able to apply for funding to improve their sustainability, increase local child care participation, and create more child care places in areas of high need.

To be eligible for this grant opportunity, at the date of application lodgement, applicants must be:

  • a Child Care Subsidy approved operator of an approved child care service under Family Assistance Law; AND
  • a service providing child care in a CCCF priority area; OR
  • 50 percent or more of children attending the service must reside in a CCCF priority area; OR
  • 50 percent or more of the educators must be delivering care in a CCCF priority area (for family day care services); OR
    • an approved operator of an In Home Care service that was a previous recipient of funding under the department's Community Support Program, during 2017-18.

Applicants are not eligible to apply if they are already receiving CCCF funding awarded under the 2017 CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity or for the same element funded under the 2017 CCCF open competitive grant opportunity.

Additional eligibility requirements may apply, depending on the nature of funding sought. Please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines on the GrantConnect website for more information.

This grant opportunity will be managed on behalf of the Department of Education and Training by the Department of Social Services Community Grants Hub. Grant opportunity documents, including guidelines, questions and answers and budget templates, are available on the Community Grants Hub website. Services can contact the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 or support@communitygrants.gov.au for help or information during the application period.

This is a competitive grant round with funding awarded based on relative merit. In order to be competitive under the grant process, applicants must submit a quality application addressing the grant assessment criteria. Potential applicants may find the following guides useful in preparing their grant applications:

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.