Flood Recovery Grants

Program overview

Applications are now open for the Early Childhood Education and Care Flood Recovery Grants, available for eligible services in the Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, the Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Tweed Local Government Areas.

Applications can now be submitted via SmartyGrants by Midnight 30 May 2022.

This includes community preschools, mobile preschools, long day cares, multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services, Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, family day cares, occasional cares or out of school hours care services.

Applications can be submitted by eligible services for funding up to $30,000 (ex GST).

These emergency grants will assist you to repair or replace damaged equipment or infrastructure to aid them in restoring safe, quality learning environments for children. Funding can be used on resources or activities that have already been purchased or completed.

This will enable services to return to normal operations faster and to allow for the continuity of participation and learning for children, and support for families at that service.

Applications for the ECEC Flood Recovery Grants Program can be accessed here with reference to the Early Childhood Education and Care Flood Recovery Grants guidelines.

Streamlined process

The application process has been streamlined to reduce the time taken to fill out the application form. For many services, the application process may take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Supporting evidence such as quotes are optional for the form. You may obtain and keep this evidence after you submit your application. This will help you submit your application more quickly. Please ensure you keep evidence, such as a tax invoice for the future audit process.

Program guidelines and eligibility criteria

View the Early Childhood Education and Care Flood Recovery Grants guidelines.

FAQs

Who can access the grants?

The Early Childhood Education Flood Emergency Grants can be accessed by eligible ECEC impacted services located in the seven Local Government Areas most impacted by floods:

  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Byron Shire Council
  • Clarence Valley Council
  • Kyogle Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Tweed Shire Council.

This includes community preschools, mobile preschools, long day cares, multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services, Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, family day cares, occasional cares or out of school hours care services.

Department of Education preschools are not eligible for the Flood Emergency Grants. Department preschools will continue to be support by the department through established processes and infrastructure assessments.

For further details around the eligibility criteria, please refer to the Early Childhood Education and Care Flood Recovery Grants guidelines.

When do applications close?

Applications are now open to Midnight 30 May 2022.

How to apply?

Applications are now open and close midnight, 30 May 2022. Applications for the ECEC Flood Recovery Grants Program can be accessed here with reference to the ECEC Flood Recovery Grants Program guidelines.

What grant funding categories can services apply for?

Eligible services can apply for funding under the following categories:

  • minor capital works - renovations and repairs to existing buildings or premises
  • infrastructure items - large items that form part of the physical environment of the service such as mud kitchens, outdoor sports equipment, large furniture items
  • replacement of resources - including, but not limited to, IT equipment, toys and clothing
  • staff and administration costs - to support the building and repair of the physical and educational learning environments, support cleaning and other activities to allow a service to resume a quality service.

What can services use the grants on?

  • Eligible services can apply for up to $30,000 (ex GST) per service.
  • Grants for eligible services can be used to purchase resources and activities to aid in restoring quality and safe learning environments for children.
  • Approved funding must be spent by 30 June 2023.

Can a service that has already purchased resources and paid for repairs prior to this funding package being announced still apply?

  • Funding can be used on resources or activities that have already been completed.
  • Services can attach a tax invoice of the resource or activity in the application ford.

Why are the ECEC Flood Recovery Grants only available to services in the 7 eligible Local Government Areas?

  • The NSW Government announced funding to help flood affected ECEC services in Northern NSW to recover from the impact of severe weather experienced this year.
  • Other government assistance is available to services across NSW impacted by the recent storms and severe weather.
  • Find more information on Service NSW’s website.

Contact details

You can contact the Information and Enquiries team on 1800 619 113, or by emailing ecec.funding@det.nsw.edu.au.

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