Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan is encouraging local government, schools, community groups and children’s service providers to apply for funding to build and upgrade local children’s services under the Victorian Coalition Government’s $20 million grants program.
Mr Ryan said the grants were a golden opportunity for the community to build or upgrade local children’s facilities.
“Securing a grant will improve access to high quality early years services and ensure children have greater access to high-quality early years services,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said communities could apply for four types of grants, including:
• Integrated Children’s Centre Grants of up to $1.6 million to support the building of new centres offering kindergarten, day care, maternal and child health and early childhood intervention services under the one roof;
• New Early Learning Facilities Grants of up to $650,000 to support communities to establish new early learning facilities to meet demand for kindergarten places;
• Early Learning Facility Upgrade Grants of up to $350,000 to support existing services to upgrade and extend their facilities to meet the demand of kindergarten place; and
• Minor Infrastructure Grants, up to $10,000 for small refurbishments that will enhance the quality of the kindergarten program at a service.
Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said that proposals to build early childhood education and care facilities on the same sites as government schools would be favourably assessed.
“Building services on school sites benefits the whole community as it is not only more convenient for families; it ensures children are better supported to move smoothly and confidently into school,” Ms Lovell said.
Mr Ryan said the $20 million program brought the Coalition Government’s investment in children’s capital projects to new record highs, with a total of $106 million of state and national partnership funding invested towards building and upgrading hundreds of services since December 2010.
“Applications for the minor infrastructure grants close on 19 November, expressions of interest for major infrastructure grants close on 29 November and the Children’s Facilities Capital Program grants round closes on 21 February 2014,” Mr Ryan said.
For more information on the program, phone Mr Ryan’s Sale office on 5144 1987 or visit www.education.vic.gov.au/ecsmanagement/capitalprogram.
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