New Funding

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that funding for the Childcare Capital Programme 2018 will top €6.8m.

The funding is being used to support 'Outdoor play areas, extra spaces and essential Maintenance'.

The Minister also confirmed that applications will also open in February. 

There will be some changes to the application process. 

Read our previous blog post about what you need to know here. 

New Application Process

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs want to try and make the application process more straightforward and simpler this year.

For the first time, in 2018, Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes will run at the same time. You will be able to apply online using a single application form through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP).

The application window will close in March 2018. 

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Divide of Funding

The funding is being broken up into two categories with five strands. They are as follows:

Early Years

•    Strand 1:     New or Expanding Services     €3.86m
•    Strand 2:     Essential Maintenance             €1m 
•    Strand 3:     Natural Outdoor Play Area       €1m

€5.86m Total Early Years

School Age

•    Strand 4:    New or expanding services    €0.75m
•    Strand 5:    Essential maintenance           €0.25m

€1m Total School Age

Timeline for Capital Childcare Programme 2018

Please note that this only a general timeline and we will bring you the definitive timeline when we have it.


Key Dates

Application Guidelines

January 2018

Go live date for applications

February 2018

Closing date for applications

March 2018


March-April 2018


May 2018

Notification of Outcomes

Issued by end of May 2018


The Funding Strands Explained

Strand 1:

  • For early years providers who want to create additional childcare places for children in the 0-5 age range. 
  • Focus on 0-3 places. 
  • The maximum grant available under this strand is €50,000. 
  • Grant is intended to allow for the full cost of a minor expansion project or the purchase of a temporary structure to meet local demand. 

Strand 2:

  •  Grants are up to a maximum of €20,000 
  •  For building improvements and maintenance and is only for community early years services
  •  These grants are being provided to ensure that community services continue to be fit for purpose and are energy efficient. 
  •  For essential repairs to the existing building and facilities, replacement of the building’s fixtures and fittings, works highlighted as a direct result of an inspection by TUSLA or other competent authorities, works to remove internal divides or rearrange internal spaces to improve efficiency, and/or equipment to improve the quality of service provided. 

Strand 3:

  •  Provide funding for the creation of natural outdoor play areas, to create opportunities for children to play outdoors in a way which promotes physical development, provides health benefits and facilitates children to learn about risk and challenges in a natural and safe environment. This initiative 
  • Grant is targeted at early years services of 0-50 children capacity that have not previously availed of such funding. Under early years regulations, services are required to provide outdoor space for children, and this measure seeks to improve the quality of these for small to medium sized services. 
  • Services can apply for grants of up to a maximum of €7,000.

Strand 4: 

  • Will provide funding for school-age childcare providers who wish to create additional childcare places through expansion, relocation or the establishment of a new facility to meet demand. 
  • The maximum grant available under this strand is €20,000

Strand 5: 

  • Maximum of €5,000
  •  For building improvements and maintenance and is exclusively for community school-age services
  • This strand of funding will provide for improvements in facilities and or to meet safety and security requirements, essential building repairs and equipment to improve quality of the service provided.

You will be able to get more information on PIP. 

If you have any questions you can contact your local Childcare Committee.

You can find your local Childcare Committee here. 

To read the full release from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs click here.

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