The Australian Government's CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity is designed to support continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities. This grant is to support approved service providers to keep facilities open, those who are at risk of permanent closure and to support the set up new community services. It applies where a service is:
- at risk of closure due to an unforeseen event or circumstance, such as a natural disaster, or extreme weather event,
- at risk of permanent closure due to another event or circumstance, where that closure would result in a lack of suitable child care for the community, or
- seeking to commence a new service in a community where another service has closed, resulting in a lack of suitable child care. Child care services who are approved for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) are eligible to apply for funding where there is a financial need in order to continue to provide child care in the community.
The amount of funding provided to applicants will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the activity being funded and the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants can apply for funding more than once, for example where they have been impacted by more than one unforeseen event, such as bushfire and flood.