Start Strong Capital works grants
Research shows that children who participate in a quality early childhood education program for at least 600 hours in the year before school are more likely to start school equipped with the social, cognitive and emotional skills they need to engage in learning.
Grant-based funding allows the use of innovative approaches to improve access to quality services and increase community preschool places in areas of need and demand.
The $6 Million Start Strong Capital Works Grants program aims to increase the number of 600 hour community preschool places available in areas of high need and demand.
Eligible services can apply for funding through this program to:
- Build a new centre based community preschool
- Extend an existing community preschool
- Renovate existing or new premises for a centre based community preschool
- Purchase a motor vehicles for a mobile preschool
- Respond to a crisis situation with a capital works project
Capital works grants will be awarded through a competitive application process. Applications will be open through SmartyGrants during 7 September – 2 November 2018.
To assist services in the preparation of grant applications for this program, see the Application Guide. The guide shows the types of information that could be included to support applications.
Applications for the Start Strong Capital Works program are open from 7 September – 2 November 2018
Service eligibility criteria
To be eligible to apply for the $6 Million Start Strong Capital Works Grants program, service providers must first :
- Hold, or have an application lodged to hold, or intend to hold a valid Provider Approval to operate an early childhood education service in NSW. Provider Approval must be obtained within 12 months of receiving notification of the successful outcome of this grant application.
- Be registered or incorporated in NSW, as a not for profit organisation or association with appropriate governance mechanisms and sound financial management.
- Operate, or have an application lodged to operate, a mobile or centre based community preschool service with a valid Service Approval. Service providers intending to operate an early childhood education centre must obtain Service Approval within 12 months of receiving notification of the successful outcome of this grant application.
- Comply or agree to comply with the requirements of applicable national and state laws and regulations for the relevant service type (e.g. the Early Childhood Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, Children (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Act 2010, Education and Care Services National Regulations, Supplementary Provisions Regulation 2012).
Each category has additional eligibility criteria that are to be addressed as part of the application. These eligibility criteria for each category are provided in the Capital Works Program Guidelines.
All applicants will be advised of the outcome of the application assessment process.
Successful applicants will be required to accept the Terms and Conditions to receive funding. The department applies security provisions to capital grants. The security could include a ‘security interest’ under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009, a real property mortgage or a third party guarantee. Any agreement to provide security will form part of the Funding Agreement.
Full expenditure of funding is a condition of this program, and services will be expected to perform financial and project acquittal:
- Financial acquittals: Services may be audited annually to confirm the accuracy of data provided in their financial accountability statements.
- Project acquittal will include regular reporting to the department.
For more information about the $6 Million Start Strong Capital Works Grants program, please contact:
Early Childhood Education Directorate
1300 755 426