Grants open for building expansion and maintenance of Childcare Centres in Wicklow -Doyle

Wicklow TD and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle is encouraging all Wicklow childcare providers to apply for funding through the Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital Programme 2018.
Applications for funding opened on the 12th February and €6.8m in grants will be made available to pre-schools, crèches and child care centres nationwide.
The 2018 will be delivered through five strands: Strands 1-3 will fund the development of new buildings, maintenance of existing amenities and outdoor play areas for early years. Strands 4 and 5 will deliver financial assistance for the expansion and improvement of structural facilities for school age children
“I am particular delighted that this year funding will be made available for natural outdoor play areas, enabling more childcare centres to introduce sensory gardens, flower beds and planting areas. These play areas will facilitate young children to explore open-air environments and learn more about the natural world. It may even inspire some budding horticulturalists” said Minister Doyle
Application forms and detailed guidelines on how to apply are available on Pobal Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). Childcare service providers also can contact Wicklow County Childcare Committee with any questions and queries regarding the application process.
“I would like to stress the importance of getting started on applications as early as possible, to guarantee that any requests for assistance can be provided for in time. Childcare providers should also note that they must complete one application form per facility.” added Doyle
The application window for the 2018 grants will remain open until Friday 9th March.