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Grant Programme for Improved Ventilation and Outdoor Play 2021

Grant Programme for Improved Ventilation and Outdoor Play 2021

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman TD, is pleased to announce a programme of further supports in the form of the December 2021 Covid Response Programme for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare. The Minister has secured €10 million to support services improve indoor ventilation and provide mobile HEPA air filtration systems.

Applications will be open from the 16th of December 2021 to the 7th of January 2022.  Applications cannot be submitted outside this application window. All applications must be submitted on the HIVE.

The amount of grant which is paid to each Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Service is based on the number of individual children registered in a service on one or more DCEDIY programmes on the 24th November 2021.  The number of individual children registered will be taken from Early Years Portal and PIP systems hosted by Pobal.  

To be eligible for funding, you must have had at least one registered child on one of the following schemes on the 24th of November 2021:

  • National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
  • Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
  • Community Childcare Subvention Programme Plus (CCSP)

Payment of the grant

Payments to approved applicants will commence from the 24th of December and will occur weekly thereafter. Applicants will be paid 100% of their grant allocation, and will receive their payment within 10 working days of submitting their application.

The amount of funding each service is allocated under Grant Programme for Improved Ventilation and Outdoor Play 2021 is as follows:

Number of children registered on DECDIY Programmes

Grant Allocation

1-49

€1,500

50-99

€3,000

100+

€4,500

Further information

For further information on the programme rules and how to apply for this grant please read the 

DCEDIY wish to advise all Early Learning and Care and School Aged childcare services that to comply with public expenditure requirements the date for eligible expenditure for the Grant Programme for Improved Ventilation and Outdoor Play 2021 is from 13 December 2021 and not 01 December 2021 as was included in the table ‘Important Dates’ on page 3 of the Guidelines for applicants. The latest date for eligible expenditure remains unchanged at 30 June 2022.

DCEDIY would like to apologise for the error which appeared in the applicant guidelines and the amended guidelines can be found HERE.

 , which is also available on Useful Links.

For a Step by Step guide on how to complete the application on HIVE please read the technical guidelines, which is also available on Useful Links.

If you require any further clarifications or information, please raise a Service Request in HIVE using the following categories as appropriate:

  • Programme: Covid 19 Supports
  • Request Type: Ventilation
  • Request Type Details: General

For further information contact FCCC on 01-4851727.


Learner Bursary

The Learner Fund was introduced in 2013, and since then has provided financial assistance to thousands of Early Years practitioners in upskilling to a Level 5/6 in Early Childhood Care and Education. This has assisted in further professionalising the sector. The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth recognises that there are a number of practitioners who have upskilled to a Level 7/8/9 in Early Childhood Care and Education during the same period and have not received any financial support.

Therefore, in recognition of this commitment to further professionalisation, DCYA plan to pay a Bursary (of approx. €750) to practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund. This qualification must be on the DCEDIY Early Years Recognised Qualifications list. The Learner Fund Bursary is expected again in 2021 and details should be available once this is confirmed.

Complaints Form

If you have a query please contact us on 01 4851727 or info@fingalcountychildcare.ie   

But if you have a complaint please fill in the form below. Staff are trained to answer your queries/complaints and every effort is made to resolve them promptly and efficiently. We endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours.