Purpose of grant
Early learning facility upgrade grants are for renovating or refurbishing existing, licensed early childhood education and care facilities.
Early learning facility upgrades must increase the number of approved places or improve the quality of the learning environment at existing facilities that are licensed for early childhood education and care.
Renovated and refurbished facilities must be used to deliver a funded kindergarten program for children in the year before school. This can be sessional and/or integrated with long day care.
Applicants are also encouraged to consider the potential for renovated facilities to support the provision of other early childhood services.
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 must be requested as part of the application and will only be granted if there is there is clear evidence to support the request.
The total contribution from the Children’s Facilities Capital Program will remain capped at $350,000 per grant (GST exclusive).
Facilities refurbished with an early learning facility upgrade grant are expected to be completed and acquitted within 12 months of the executing the funding agreement. 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.
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