Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) special circumstances bushfire and drought support

Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances Bushfire Support

The Australian Government is providing $5 million in Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) special circumstance grant funding to support child care services in bushfire affected areas.

On 17 January 2020, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Australian Government will provide support through the Government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) for bushfire recovery efforts for child care services.

Eligible services can seek funding for a range of activities including:

  • establishing a temporary premises
  • wages for staff
  • replacement of furniture and fittings
  • playground equipment
  • addressing health and safety requirements.

Services may also apply for funding if they are facing financial pressure, for example, if demand for child care has reduced due to the impact of the fires.

In some circumstances, funding can be used to support the establishment of a new service in a fire affected area.

Eligible fire-affected areas

To be eligible for the additional bushfire funding, services must be located in communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfire crisis.

Services affected by fire but not located in bushfire declared local government areas are still encouraged to apply for the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Special circumstances grant opportunity.

Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances Drought Support

The Australian Government is providing an additional $5 million in Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) special circumstance grant funding to support child care services in drought affected areas. On 7 November 2019, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Morrison Government will provide an additional $5 million in funding through the CCCF special circumstances grant. This grant funding will help child care services experiencing financial pressure that puts the service at risk of closure due to the ongoing drought conditions. This program complements a range of initiatives in the Step Up In Drought Budget Support package announced by the Government for drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns. 

Eligible drought affected areas

The drought affected areas list is based on the list of communities identified by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development for their Drought Communities Programme. The eligible communities were selected based on the level of need, determined using rainfall deficiency data from the Bureau of Meteorology, in conjunction with population and industry data (reliance on agriculture) to assess the overall economic impact of the drought in the region. 

If a service is not located in an identified drought affected area and they require financial support, they can contact the CCCF team who can assist with grant funding on other grounds. 

How much money can I apply for?

Child Care services are eligible to apply for grant funding where there is a financial need in order to continue to provide child care in the community.

The amount of funding provided to applicants will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the activity being funded and the circumstances of the applicant. Funding provided under this grant opportunity is one-off and short-term.

How to apply

To apply, fill in the application form (below) and send to CCCFSpecialCircumstances@education.gov.au.

Please refer to the CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity Guidelines for further details on eligibility, assessment criteria and reporting requirements.

If you require further information please phone 1300 650 848 between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM AEDT or email the CCCF team at CCCFSpecialCircumstances@education.gov.au.

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