Successful expressions of interest for major infrastructure grants announced.
The Minister for Families and Children announced the successful Expressions of Interest for Major Grants for Integrated Children’s Centres, New Early Learning Facility and Early Learning Facility Upgrades on the 9th December 2015.
Twenty successful applicants have now been invited to submit a full application for a major infrastructure grant under the Children’s Facilities Capital Program to deliver their projects.
Successful minor grants announced
The Minister for Families and Children announced the successful applicants for the Minor Infrastructure Refurbishment, Minor Infrastructure Expansion and Information Technology grants on 13 October 2015.
Victorian Early Childhood services shared more than $2.6 million in Minor Infrastructure Capital Grants in 2015 -16.
The 2015 grant program is now closed. The next round of the Children's Facilities Capital Program will be announced early in 2016.
Children's Facilities Capital Program
The Victorian Government recognises that access to high quality early years services is central to giving every Victorian child the best start in life. Families deserve a choice of flexible, accessible and affordable early childhood education and care services, including kindergarten programs delivered in a range of settings, alongside other key services such as Maternal and Child Health, early childhood intervention services, playgroups and family services.
The Victorian Government has committed $50 million over four years to support local governments and other service providers to invest in early childhood infrastructure. This investment through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program will support the provision of high quality early years programs for children and their families by:
- increasing infrastructure capacity to deliver kindergarten programs for children in the year before school
- promoting integrated service delivery at one location where families can access early childhood education and care, health and development and family services
- improving access to local and responsive early childhood services for children from vulnerable and/or disadvantaged families
- establishing early childhood infrastructure on or near school sites.
In 2015-16 six types of capital grants were available.
Three major grants provided help meet the growing demand for kindergarten and other early childhood services in communities across the State:
- Integrated Children's Centre grants
- New Early Learning Facility grants
- Early Learning Facility Upgrade grants.
In each of these grant categories, priority was given to applications that:
- increase the capacity to meet local demand for kindergarten programs in the year before school
- provide quality early childhood infrastructure to meet the needs of local communities
- support services that are accessible for all in the local community, and engage and support vulnerable families
- involve the location of early years services or near school sites.
In 2015-16 there were three minor grant categories:
- Minor Infrastructure Expansion Grants to support services to meet 2016 ratio changes
- Minor Infrastructure Refurbishment Grants
- Information Technology Grants
Further details for each of the six grant categories are provided below, along with the timelines and application processes. The 2015-16 grant applications have now closed. The 2016-17 rounds will be announced early 2016
Applicants should take not of eligible organisations for each grant type. For-profit organisations were not eligible for any grant type in 2015=16
Applicants could only apply for one Children's Facilities Capital Program grant per service per funding round, with the exception of a Minor Infrastructure Refurbishment Grant or a Minor Infrastructure Expansion Grant where applicants can also apply for an Information Technology Grant.
The Children's Facilities Program is a competitive process and eligibility to apply for a grant did not guarantee the success of an application. Balancing of funding across Victoria will be a consideration in the allocation of capital grants.
General application information
For major grants the expression of interest process is designed to ensure that projects meet the eligibility and assessment criteria and can be completed within the required timelines. Expressions of interest that meet all eligibility requirements and rate highly against the selection criteria will be are invited to submit a full application.
The online expression of interest forms for Integrated Children’s Centres, New Early Learning Facility and Early Learning Facility Upgrades can be accessed and submitted through the Smarty Grants website.
For more information about the grants and links to the expression of interest form, see:
Information technology grants
For more information about the 2015-16 Information Technology Grants and application form, see: Information Technology Grants
For guidelines, frequently asked questions, forms, common funding agreements, and publications, see: Resources and Guidelines
For all general enquiries regarding the Children’s Facilities Capital Program Grants: