Facilities and capital funding

Funding is available to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria. The aim is to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergarten programs, no matter where they live.

The Victorian Government has released its Three-Year-Old Kindergarten Infrastructure Strategy:

The record investment - $1.68 billion over the decade - in early childhood infrastructure will provide the right support to achieve the reform, including giving:

  • greater certainty
  • greater flexibility
  • greater investment.

The Building Blocks Grants Program has replaced the Children's Facilities Capital Program and Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program as the Victorian Government's investment vehicle through which funding support for existing and growing demand for Three and Four-Year-Old Kindergarten infrastructure is allocated. 

This will mean the sector can more easily navigate the options available when seeking state co-investment in their facilities.

Building Blocks Grants

Building Blocks Grants contributes to high quality early years programs by:

  • Increasing infrastructure capacity for kindergarten programs for three and four-year-old children
  • Promoting integrated service delivery where families can access early childhood education and care, health and development and family services at one place
  • 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.

Learn more about Building Blocks and consult the program guidelines on the Victorian School Building Authority website

Apply for a grant

Building Blocks Grants consists of three streams:

  • Capacity building stream
  • Improvement stream
  • Inclusion stream.

Capacity building stream

The capacity building stream provides funding for projects that create additional infrastructure capacity for funded Three and Four-Year-Old Kindergarten programs by building new or expanding existing infrastructure. There are four grant categories in this stream:

  • Integrated Children's Centre
  • New Early Learning Facility
  • Modular Kindergarten Facilities
  • Expansion.

Download the capacity building stream guidelines on the Victorian School Building Authority website.

Improvement stream

The improvement stream provides grant funding for upgrades and minor expansions to existing early years facilities and investment in IT equipment. 

There are three grant categories in this stream:

  • Early Learning Facility Upgrades
  • Minor Infrastructure
  • Information Technology.

Download the improvement stream guidelines on the Victorian School Building Authority website.

Inclusion stream

The inclusion stream provides grants for upgrades of existing facilities and the purchase of equipment to provide safe and inclusive environments for children of all needs.

Further information regarding the improvement stream will be provided as it becomes available.

Opening and closing dates

Applications for the Capacity building and improvement stream are now open. 

  • You can apply online.
  • You can make changes to your application any time until you submit your application.
  • You must complete all sections of the application form and submit the completed form to be eligible for consideration.
  • Submit your capacity building application by 31 July 2020 for an announcement in November 2020.
  • Submit your improvement application for information technology grants by 19 June 2020.
  • Submit your improvement application for early learning facility upgrades and minor improvement grants by 17 July 2020.
  • The grants have a competitive process and eligibility to apply for a grant does not guarantee the success of an application.

Kindergarten Infrastructure and Services Plans

The Victorian Government wants to co-invest in projects at the right time to make sure providers can meet demand for Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, and to provide clarity across the sector about which projects need to be prioritised. A key part of this will be sharing information with all our partners to get a clear picture of infrastructure need state-wide.

To enable this, the Department of Education and Training (DET) will invite all 79 Local Government Areas (LGAs) to discuss and agree on a Kindergarten Infrastructure and Services Plan (KISP).

What is a KISP?

A KISP will allow DET and an LGA to share information regarding and agree on:

  • the current supply (or capacity) and demand for funded kindergarten in the LGA
  • forecast demand for Three- and Four-Year-Old Kindergarten
  • expectations about how demand growth will be accommodated over the roll-out (for example, the use of existing capacity and building new or expanded capacity, and the role of different types of provision).

While a KISP is not a funding document and would not commit any party to funding specific projects, it is expected that future investment requests through Building Blocks and decisions for any LGA or not-for-profit projects would align with the relevant KISP. To ensure a transparent and collaborative approach across the market, the KISPs will be publicly available.

Building Blocks Partnerships

The KISP planning processes will be underpinned by new 'Building Blocks Partnerships'.

These are long‑term, in‑principle agreements between DET and LGAs or not-for-profit providers for co-investment in multi-site 'project pipelines'. Partnerships will build capacity for both Three and Four-Year-Old Kindergarten, through multiple projects over a number of years under agreed funding parameters.

Building Blocks Partnerships will be a critical means of working with large partners, particularly LGAs to build large numbers of facilities over time. The discussions to establish these partnerships will start from mid 2020.

Related Documents

General enquiries

For all general enquiries regarding the Building Blocks Grants:

Previous programs

Details of funded projects can be found on the Victorian School Building Authority website.