The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) provides a range of grants for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. In most cases, services need to meet eligibility criteria and apply.
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CCCF grants help services address barriers to ECEC participation. They're particularly for disadvantaged, regional and remote communities, and Indigenous communities.
Special circumstances grant
The special circumstances grant helps services stay open when something unexpected happens. Services can apply when a local emergency or natural disaster threatens their ability to stay open.
Disadvantaged and vulnerable communities grant
The disadvantaged and vulnerable communities grant provides funding to services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to:
- stay open
- increase the number of children in care.
Services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities can apply when grant rounds are open.
Limited supply grant
The limited supply grant helps Child Care Subsidy-approved providers wanting to set up new early childhood education and care services. Grants are for establishing new Centre Based Day Care and Family Day Care services:
- in areas experiencing disadvantage in regional and remote Australia
- where there are no or limited similar services.
The restricted grants support identified services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
Restricted grant: Closing the Gap
This is a Closing the Gap measure. The grant is for new early childhood education and care services in mainly remote locations. The focus is to increase participation rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in early childhood education and care.
Connected Beginnings is for children in identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It helps them prepare for school by integrating a range of services with schools, including:
- early childhood
- child health
- family support.
We offer business support to help CCCF grant recipients to improve and maintain their financial viability and sustainability. Experts can help a service conduct a business review, identify cost drivers and savings, and give advice on the best business and service delivery models to use.