Up to $1.5 M is available for capital expenditure for child care centres

Children’s Facilities Capital Program

The Children’s Facilities Capital Program supports the establishment of integrated children’s centres to:

  • promote integrated and inclusive early childhood services that provide high quality programs to
  • meet the educational and health care needs of young children 0-8 years
  • improve access to early childhood services by children from vulnerable backgrounds
  • enable providers of children’s services to increase service capacity in response to  government objectives
  • achieve better learning, development and health outcomes through improved facilities
  • support the co-location of integrated children’s centres with schools
  • support the creation of family-friendly communities.

Integrated Children’s Centre Grants

Integrated Children’s Centre Grants contribute to the capital investment required to build community based, not-for-profit integrated children’s centres. These centres offer maximum convenience, flexibility and choice for parents by combining a range of services that a family may need to help raise young children.

Integrated children’s centres are key hubs for the community, bringing together a range of services where practitioners work in a way that delivers joined up education, care, health and support services to children and their families.

Integrated children’s centres offer quality early childhood education and care programs of a duration and cost that promotes accessibility and affordability for all families, including working families and disadvantaged or vulnerable families. This initiative supports families by contributing to the establishment of local, community based centres that respond to the needs of local families. In addition it preserves and strengthens community participation by supporting community organisations and making community infrastructure serve better as community assets.

Funding range of grant

Funding of $10.45 million is available for Integrated Children’s Centre Grants in 2011-12. This includes funds for the Grovedale Hub and Barwon Heads Kindergarten announced in the 2011-12 State Budget. Funding will be provided for 40% of total project cost (capped at $1.5 million per grant) is available.

Eligibility

The following organisations are eligible for funding under the program:

  • local government
  • community organisations
  • government schools in partnership with local government or community service organisations.

 Applicants other than local councils are expected to demonstrate support for the project from their Local Government Authority to ensure the mandatory services are provided in the proposed new integrated children’s centre. Proposals must be submitted in partnership with the site owner and have endorsement that the land is available before the application can be considered.

Closing Date

4pm, Monday, 27 February 2012

Expert Assistance

We have an outstanding track record in obtaining infrastructure grants.

We can assist with demonstrating the proposed project:

  • meets practical delivery requirements
  •  meets the required definition of a Victorian Integrated Children’s Centre service model
  • The centre will meet all relevant universal access requirements under the National Partnership for Early Childhood Education
  • is consistent with all relevant service planning frameworks
  • facilitates more integrated delivery of early childhood and family services consistent with the ‘Guiding Principles’ identified in Evaluation of Victorian children’s centres
  • will improve access to universal and targeted services for vulnerable children or children and families experiencing disadvantage
  • will help meet existing or projected unmet demand for kindergarten places without displacing other programs
  • will support better quality early learning and development outcomes for children and their families

Contact us on 03 9005 6789 if your require assistance with the government grant application.