Major Capital Fund

The Major Capital Fund supports the creation of additional preschool places through new builds, extensions and renovations of centre-based community preschools and long day care services running a preschool program in areas of need and demand across NSW.

The Major Capital Fund must contribute to the following objectives:

  • maximise the number of preschool places available for pre-school aged children to attend at least 600 hours per year or 15 hours per week of quality preschool education.
  • ensure the continued operation of the service to deliver preschool places throughout the ten-year compliance period.
  • support ongoing management of the service in line with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • where possible, leverage funds from sources external to the department, including private finance, charitable donations and grants from state and federal government agencies.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for funding applicants must:

  • be registered or incorporated in Australia; and
  • be a not-for-profit organisation or association, or a local government entity; and
  • operate, or intend to operate, an education and care service in NSW that delivers preschool education as an Approved Provider with a valid Service Approval.

For-profit organisations are not eligible to apply for Major Capital Fund grants.

How do I apply?

Applications for grant funding will be received from October 2022 until May 2023 through three rounds.

The 2022-23 Major Capital Fund rounds

Round 1: was open from 4 October to 14 November 2022 (for community preschools).

Round 2: was open from 6 Febrarury to 2 April 2023 (expanded eligibility for community preschools and long day care services offering a preschool program).

Round 3: open from 3 April to 14 May 2023 (expanded eligibility for community preschools and long day care services offering a preschool program).

Please note Round 1 was only available for community preschools and Rounds 2 and 3 will operate with expanded eligibility that will also include long day care providers and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations delivering a preschool program.

Major Capital Fund grants will be awarded through a competitive assessment process and assessed individually against the eligibility and selection criteria.

Applications must be submitted via SmartyGrants by an authorised officer.

Before submitting your application it is recommended that you review the following:

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