NSW Department of Education Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program

NSW Department of Education Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program

Eligible not for profit organisations can apply for grant funding to build, renovate or extend their facilities to deliver a community preschool, or purchase a vehicle for a mobile preschool to cater for increasing enrolments. The Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program aims to improve access to preschool by creating additional community preschool places in areas of need and demand across the state.

Capital Works grants will be awarded through a competitive assessment process and applications from not-for-profit community and mobile preschools operating in areas of the state where there is a demonstrated shortage of places will be prioritised.

Each category has additional eligibility criteria that are to be addressed as part of the application. The eligibility criteria for each category are provided in the program guidelines.

To be eligible to apply, service providers must:

  • be registered or incorporated in NSW
  • be a not for profit organisation or association, or a local government entity
  • have appropriate governance mechanisms and sound financial management
  • hold, or will hold a valid Provider Approval to operate an early childhood education service in NSW (Provider Approval must be obtained within 12 months of receiving notification of the successful outcome of the grant application)
  • operate, or will operate, a centre based community preschool service with a valid Service Approval (Service providers intending to operate an early childhood education centre must obtain Service Approval within 12 months of receiving notification of the successful outcome of the grant application)
  • comply with the requirements of applicable national and state laws and regulations for the relevant service type (e.g. the Early Childhood Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, Children (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Act 2010
  • applicants applying for funding to purchase a motor vehicle must currently operate a mobile preschool service in NSW with a fixed term mobile preshool funding contract with the NSW Department of Education.

Applications close: 23 August 2020

More information and application

Contact: Early Childhood Education Directorate, 1300 755 426 or [email protected]