Limited supply grant

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) limited supply grant supports the establishment of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in identified priority areas.

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About the grant

The Australian Government is providing $16 million over 2 years for new early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. Funding will be available to June 2025.

Grants are for new Centre Based Day Care (CBDC) services and Family Day Care (FDC) premises:

  • in areas experiencing disadvantage in regional and remote areas of Australia
  • where there are no or limited similar services.

Grants provide establishment and capital support funding and aim to:

  • set up services in communities experiencing disadvantage in regional and remote areas where there is a gap in the supply of approved services
  • help providers build capacity and operate sustainably
  • increase the number of children from areas experiencing disadvantage in regional and remote areas accessing ECEC
  • enable local workforce participation by increasing access to ECEC.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be:

  • an approved provider under Family Assistance Law (FAL)
  • seeking to operate a new CBDC service or FDC premises
  • planning to establish the early childhood service in an identified priority area.

How funding works

Grants are over 2 financial years - 2023/24 and 2024/25.

A service will receive a maximum of $900,000 over the 2 years:

  • $600,000 for establishment and sustainability support
  • $300,000 for capital support.

How funding can be used

The grant funds new services for establishment and sustainability support costs, and capital works.

Costs for establishment and sustainability of a new service include:

  • Operational start-up. For example, the cost to obtain National Law and FAL approvals.
  • Providing early childhood education and care.
  • Developing and implementing a business plan.
  • Upskilling local staff or educators with training. This includes backfilling costs while a staff member is in training.
  • Transport assistance for children.

Capital works include:

  • Extending or modifying buildings. This can include a community centre or other building for a new service.
  • Building a new centre or facilities for use by a new service.
  • Other activities agreed by us.

Key dates

3 May 2023: Applications opened for the limited supply grant round.

8 June 2023: Applications closed.

23 October 2023: All applicants notified of outcomes.

Successful applications

The grant recipients will set up 47 CBDC and FDC services in the priority areas listed below. The table notes multiple services will be set up in some locations. These are new educator locations for Family Day Care.

Priority area

State/territory

Service type

Oberon

NSW

Centre Based Day Care (CBDC)

Bega-Eden hinterland

NSW

Family Day Care (FDC)

Lismore surrounds

NSW

FDC

Evans Head

NSW

FDC

Dungog

NSW

FDC

Grafton surrounds

NSW

FDC

Kempsey surrounds

NSW

FDC

Cessnock surrounds

NSW

FDC

Mudgee surrounds – west

NSW

FDC

Moree surrounds

NSW

CBDC

Murwillumbah surrounds

NSW

FDC

Nambucca Heads surrounds

NSW

FDC

Lithgow surrounds

NSW

FDC

Scone surrounds

NSW

FDC

Ross

NT

FDC

Larapinta

NT

FDC

Ross

NT

FDC

Larapinta

NT

FDC

Larapinta

NT

FDC

Larapinta

NT

FDC

Larapinta

NT

FDC

Ross

NT

FDC

Ross

NT

FDC

Ross

NT

FDC

Booral - River Heads

Qld

FDC

Tinana

Qld

FDC

Point Vernon

Qld

FDC

Maryborough surrounds – south

Qld

FDC

Banana

Qld

CBDC

Burrum – Fraser

Qld

FDC

Rangeville

Qld

CBDC

West Coast

SA

CBDC

Barmera

SA

FDC

West Coast

SA

FDC

Yorke Peninsula – north

SA

FDC

Mount Barker surrounds

SA

FDC

Goolwa - Port Elliot

SA

FDC

Mount Gambier – east

SA

CBDC

Loxton

SA

CBDC

Kings Meadows – Punchbowl

Tas

CBDC

Berriedale – Chigwell

Tas

FDC

Acton - Upper Burnie

Tas

FDC

Bacchus Marsh surrounds

Vic

CBDC

Churchill

Vic

CBDC

Irymple

Vic

CBDC

Plantagenet

WA

CBDC

South Bunbury – Bunbury

WA

CBDC