Australian Government’s Community Child Care Fund is now open for Round 2

Deadline: 5 April 2019

The Australian Government is seeking applications from eligible child care services in an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the CCCF from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021.

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The CCCF is part of the Australian Government’s Child Care Safety Net, which contributes to giving the most vulnerable children a strong start in life while supporting parents into work.

The CCCF aims to support child care services to address barriers to child care participation, particularly targeting disadvantaged and vulnerable families and communities.

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The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

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  • support eligible child care services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to transition to and operate viably under the new child care system
  • support the longer-term sustainability of eligible child care services.

Funding Information

The Australian Government has approved funding of approximately $110 million per annum (GST exclusive) for the CCCF. Within this allocation, there is approximately $21.8 million (GST exclusive) available under this grant opportunity: up to $11.5 million in 2019-20 and $10.3 million in 2020-21.


This grant opportunity will provide funding under three categories, called program ‘elements’. Each element intends to fund a specific type of activity. The elements are:

  • Sustainability Support: helping eligible child care services operating in areas of limited supply improve the viability and sustainability of their service.
  • Community Support: helping eligible child care services to work with other organisations and families to identify and address community level barriers to child care participation. The engagement must ultimately result in increased child care participation.
  • Capital Support: helping eligible child care services by contributing towards the cost of modifying, renovating, extending or building child care facilities (‘capital works’). These capital works must result in more child care places in areas where there is unmet demand.


The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • child care services operating in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities are able to address (or have increased capacity to address) community level barriers to child care participation
  • increased number of children from vulnerable or disadvantaged families and communities accessing child care
  • increased sustainability of child care services operating in disadvantaged communities experiencing viability issues, including in areas with fluctuating and/or low short-term demand
  • increased availability of child care places in disadvantaged communities with high unmet demand through capital works projects

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible for this grant opportunity, at the date of application lodgement, applicants must be:
    • a Child Care Subsidy (CCS) approved operator of an approved child care service under Family Assistance Law, AND
    • Their service must be providing child care in a CCCF priority area; OR
    • 50 percent or more of children attending Their service must reside in a CCCF priority area OR
    • 50 percent or more of Their educators must be delivering care in a CCCF priority area (for family day care services) OR
    • They must be an approved operator of an In Home Care service that was a previous recipient of funding under the department’s Community Support Program, during 2017-18.
  • The approved provider can apply for funding with respect to a single approved child care service or a number of approved child care services that the approved provider operates.
  • While both for-profit and not-for-profit services are eligible to apply, funding preference will be given to not-for-profit services

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: Australia

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  • Avatar Mataiti Bwebwe says:

    This cccf program is very good and hope it could apply too to PICs who are in the LDCs like Kiribati.
    Thank you.

  • Avatar Prasanta says:

    Any call for India??

  • Avatar Henry Banda says:

    what about Zambia are not eligible for the grants

  • Avatar Feroza says:

    Any call for Afghanistan?

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