2017-18 Early Learning Facilities Upgrade Grants

​Purpose of grant

Early Learning Facility Upgrade Grants are for the renovation or refurbishment of existing, licensed early childhood education and care facilities (including those not currently used for the delivery of a funded kindergarten program) to expand licensed capacity and/or improve the quality of the learning environment.

Project requirements

Facilities that are renovated or refurbished through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program must be used for the provision of a funded kindergarten program in the year before school upon completion of the project. Applicants are also encouraged to consider the potential for renovated facilities to support the provision of other early childhood services.

Funding available

Eligible organisations can apply for up to 75 per cent of the total project cost, capped at $350,000 per grant (GST exclusive). Exemptions may be made to the co-contribution requirement, where a service is located in an area of significant disadvantage and there is clear evidence that the applicant does not have the financial capacity to meet the additional costs. Exemptions will be made at the discretion of the Department and the total State Government contribution will remain within the $350,000 limit.

Project completion

Facilities refurbished with an Early Learning Facility Upgrade Grant are expected to be completed within 12 months of the execution of the Common Funding Agreement, or as otherwise agreed with the Department. All Common Funding Agreements must be signed no later than 8 weeks following official notification of a successful grant application.

In cases where a project is delayed for an unreasonable length of time, or where substantive changes to scope are made after funding has been approved, the Department reserves the right to cancel the grant and, if applicable, recoup any payments that have already been provided.