Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced the launch of capital funding totalling €4 million for Early Years services in 2016 (EYC2016).

This capital funding is specifically for pre-school providers – both community/not-for-profit and private providers – who want to expand their services to cater for more children from September 2016. It’s one of a number of measures to increase the number of free pre-school places that will be available across the country over the next year.
Applications for funding through the EYC2016 will be taken from eligible childcare providers in respect of a contribution towards the total project cost, or the full cost (up to a maximum of €10,000), for the following:
·           Build / fit out / refurbishment of an additional room /extension;
·           Minor building alterations; and
·           Additional play equipment (to a maximum of €5,000) to facilitate an increase in childcare places.
Any funding received must be spent in 2016.
For further information on the EYC2016 programme and information on how to make an application please read the following:-
  • Click here for a Word version of the application form (for information purposes only)
  • Click here for Applicant Guidelines
  • Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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