Early Years Capital 2017
Through Early Years Capital 2017, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs aims to support the sector to increase the number of available places in registered early years services in 2017 and to contribute to improving the sustainability and quality of early years provision.
€4m is available for allocation in 2017 across three strands as follows:
Strand 1: Service Expansion (€3m)
Strand 2: Building Improvements & Maintenance (€500,000)
- Strand 3: Natural Outdoor Play Space (€500,000)
Strand 2 is not open to private early years services.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Early Years Services must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:
- Have a PIP account
- Be registered with Tusla
- Be tax compliant i.e. have a Tax Registration Number (TRN) and Tax Clearance Access Number (TCAN)
- Receive funding from one or more of the DCYA programmes outlined below
Strand 1: New 0-3's places
New ECCE places
Service must be funded under the following DCYA programmes: CCS, TEC, ECCE to qualify
Funding must be used for: Creation of a minimum of 6 additional places for 0-3 year olds and/or a minimum of 11 additional places through new or additional ECCE rooms
Maximum grant you can apply for under this strand is €50,000
Minimum grant you can apply for under this strand is €25,000
You cannot apply for equipment only.
Strand 2: Building Improvement or Maintenance
Service must be funded under the following DCYA programmes: CCS, TEC, ECCE and have previously received funding of €200,000, or more under EOCP or NCIP funding programmes
* Strand 2 is only open to Community Childcare Services
Maximum grant for this strand is €20,000
Minimum grant for this strand is €10,000
Strand 3: Natural Outdoor Play
Service must be funded under CCS, TEC and ECCE to qualify
The objective of Strand 3 is the creation of "natural" outdoor play areas.
Requirements: Have 25 or fewer unique children registered in the service as at 20th February 2017
Have attached one quotation or estimate for each cost applied for
Submit the application on time via the on-line application form
Have applied for eligible costs under the strand
Maximum grant for this strand is €5,000
Minimum grant for this strand is €3,000
Online application open: Friday 24th March 2017
Closing Date: 3pm on Friday 21st April 2017