The Victorian Government recognises that access to high quality early years services are 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 program 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.
Applications for Minor Grants are now open and close on Monday 16 May 2016.
In 2016-17 there are three minor grant categories:
Applicants should take note of eligible organisations for each grant type.
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 more information about the minor grants see:
For all general enquiries regarding the Children's Facilities Capital Program Grants:
Phone: 03 9651 3399
In prior years, the guidelines for Major and Minor Children’s Facilities Capital Program grants were released in unison. This year’s modification will allow the Department of Education and Training (DET) to assess Minor grant applications prior to the assessment of Children’s Facilities Capital Program Major grants which will ensure that successful recipients of Minor Grants will receive approval and funding sooner.
The guidelines for the 2016-17 Children’s Facilities Capital Program Major grants will be released later this year.