CCCF restricted grant

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) restricted grant supports identified services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. 

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About the grant

The restricted grant supports identified services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

The grant is part of the Community Child Care Fund which helps services address barriers to child care participation.

Funding supplements the income services receive from families, Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy.

Services that have a restricted grant agreement will typically be a:

  • former Budget Based Funded service
  • former Non-formula Funded Occasional Child Care service
  • former Indigenous Advancement Strategy funded service
  • new service receiving a CCCF restricted expansion grant.

Existing grant

The restricted grant preceding the expansion of the program (see below) is closed to new applicants.

The CCCF Restricted Grants – Guide for Grant Recipients provides information for existing restricted services about:

  • their obligations and responsibilities
  • relevant laws and conditions
  • where to go for further assistance.

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Restricted grant (Closing the Gap)

In August 2021, the Australian Government announced a $29.9 million expansion of the restricted program to establish services in mainly remote locations.

The expansion is part of the government’s commitment to achieving Closing the Gap targets. The aim is to increase participation rates of First Nations children in ECEC settings.

On 4 April 2023, the Australia Government announced 4 new early childhood education and care (ECEC) services would be established in remote locations.

These 4 sites, now under contract, are:

  • Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory 
  • Puuya Foundation in Lockhart River, Queensland  
  • Napranum Aboriginal Land Council in Napranum, Qld 
  • Wunan Foundation in Kununurra, Western Australia. 

Read the Minister’s media release announcing these 4 sites

On 3 November 2023, we announced a further 4 new ECEC services under the expansion.

These 4 new services will be run by First Nations-led organisations in these locations: 

  • Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Alice Springs, NT
  • Central Desert Regional Council, Ti Tree, NT
  • Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Corporation, Geraldton, WA
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Kowanyama, Qld.

Read the Minister’s media release announcing these 4 sites

Once all 8 sites are established, they will provide access to high quality ECEC for more than 300 children per year.

Review of the grant

In April 2023, we commissioned Deloitte to review the restricted grant. Deloitte is working in partnership with SNAICC and consultants Murawin. The review will examine how the grant is meeting its goals to:

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

Learn more about the CCCF restricted grant review