The Victorian Government is committed to providing high quality early learning facilities to give every child the best start in life.
Between 2014 and 2018, the government invested a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve kindergartens across Victoria. We allocated most of this funding to local councils and other service providers through our Children's Facilities Capital Program.
The 2019-2020 State Budget allocated an additional $33.6 million over three years for the program and other initiatives to make kindergartens more inclusive. This is part of a wider record $473.2 million investment in early childhood infrastructure. This investment will support the roll out of kindergarten for every three-year-old through a co-investment approach with the sector.
This year's Children's Facilities Capital Program continues to provide funding support for existing and growing demand for four-year-old kindergarten programs and will also provide the first instalment of funding to support the roll-out of Three-year-old Kindergarten.
The Children's Facilities Capital Program offers the following grants:
'Major Grants' – funding for new early childhood services or significant upgrades
'Minor Grants' - funding for small refurbishments, expansions or IT development
Applications for the 2019-20 grants round are now open and will close on Friday 9 August 2019.
Details on how to apply can be found here.
We estimate this program is helping create more than 10,250 additional kindergarten places across the state for three and four-year-olds. Nearly half of these places are in high-growth areas, ensuring that families in Melbourne's newest and flourishing communities have access to a local kindergarten service.
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