Grants and funded programs update

Applications are now open for the 2020 Quality Learning Environments Program and the 2020 Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program.

Quality Learning Environments (QLE)

Applications are now open for the 2020 QLE program.

The 2020 QLE program supports eligible early childhood education services to improve their learning environments and create positive experiences and outcomes for children.

Not-for-profit community preschools (centre based or mobile) and not-for-profit long day cares (including local government managed services) are eligible to apply for grants of up to $15,000 (ex GST).

Grants can be used to purchase resources and activities that enhance physical or educational learning environments. This may include quality improvement initiatives to meet the needs of services impacted by bushfire and recent severe weather events or other emergency situations such as COVID-19.

Applications must demonstrate a link between the proposed resource/activity and the service’s Quality Improvement Plan and will be assessed against the eligibility criteria, application requirements and spending rules.

Applications are open until 25 September 2020. Early payment will be available to those services who require urgent funding and lodge their applications by 24 July.

Further information including eligibility criteria and spending rules are provided in the program guidelines.

Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program – 2020 round

Applications for the 2020 Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program are now open.

Eligible not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to build, renovate or extend their facilities to deliver a community preschool, or purchase a vehicle for a mobile preschool to cater for increasing enrolments.

Grants are available to:

  • build a new centre-based community preschool
  • extend an existing centre-based community preschool
  • renovate premises for a centre-based community preschool
  • purchase a motor vehicle for an existing mobile preschool
  • respond to a crisis situation with a capital works project.

Check out the Start Strong Capital Works Program application guide and FAQs for more information about eligibility, application requirements and how to apply.

Applications close at midnight 23 August 2020.

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