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Start Strong Capital Works - Minor Capital Fund - 2022-2023 UpcomingGrant Opens: 3rd of April 2023 Closes: 14th of May 2023 Value: Up to $100,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/capital-works-grants/minor-fund

The Minor Capital Fund provides grants  to support the creation of additional preschool places through smaller-scale extensions or renovations and/or the recalculation of unencumbered space for centre-based community preschool and not-for-profit long day care services in areas of need and demand across NSW.

Minor Capital Works grants can be used to:

  1. extend or renovate existing centre-based community preschools or not-for-profit long day care centres offering a preschool program, where it will result in an increase in licensed preschool places allocated to preschool-aged children receiving preschool education; and/or

  2. engage a certified building practitioner to re-calculate unencumbered space where it will result in an increase in licenced places allocated to preschool-aged children receiving preschool education, without capital works.

Applications for grant funding will be received from 24 October 2022 until 14 May 2023 in two rounds.

Round 1 will be open to eligible centre-based community preschools only. The Minor Capital Fund will operate with expanded eligibility for Round 2, to be delivered in 2023. This second round will support the creation of places allocated exclusively to the delivery of preschool education in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, not-for-profit long day care settings, as well as community preschools.

Last Updated: 5th of December 2022
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Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program - Major Capital Fund - 2022-23 UpcomingGrant Next Round Opens: 6th of February 2023 Next Round Closes: 19th of March 2023 Value: Unspecified Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/capital-works-grants/major-capital-fund

The Major Capital Fund supports the creation of additional preschool places through new builds, extensions and renovations of centre-based community preschools and long day care services running a preschool program in areas of need and demand across NSW.

The Major Capital Fund must contribute to the following objectives:

  • maximise the number of preschool places available for pre-school aged children to attend at least 600 hours per year or 15 hours per week of quality preschool education.
  • ensure the continued operation of the service to deliver preschool places throughout the ten-year compliance period.
  • support ongoing management of the service in line with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • where possible, leverage funds from sources external to the department, including private finance, charitable donations and grants from state and federal government agencies.

There will be three rounds of funding in 22/23:

  • Round 1: open from 4 October to 14 November 2022 (for community preschools).
  • Round 2: open from 6 February to 19 March 2023 (expanded eligibility for community preschools and long day care services offering a preschool program).
  • Round 3: open from 3 April to 14 May 2023 (expanded eligibility for community preschools and long day care services offering a preschool program).

To be eligible for funding applicants must:

  • be registered or incorporated in Australia; and
  • be a not-for-profit organisation or association, or a local government entity; and
  • operate, or intend to operate, an education and care service in NSW that delivers preschool education as an Approved Provider with a valid Service Approval.
Last Updated: 28th of November 2022
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Quality and Participation Grants Program Grant Closes: 12th of December 2022 (extended) Value: Up to $17,500 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/quality-and-participation-grants-program

The Quality and Participation Grants Program supports eligible early childhood education services to:

  • increase participation and access for children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage, by delivering targeted initiatives and support for Aboriginal children and children from low income families (Category 1)
  • improve quality learning environments to positively impact experiences and outcomes for preschool aged children (Category 2)
  • support implementation initiatives to meet the requirements under the Preschool Reform Agreement and Early Years Commitment (Category 3).

This program supports the participation in 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the two years before school. The program is open to not-for-profit community preschools (centre-based and mobile) and not-for-profit long day cares, Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services, Aboriginal Child and Family Centres and for-profit providers operating a single long day care service. For-profit providers operating a single long day care service are eligible for funding to support the implementation initiatives to meet the requirements under the Preschool Reform Agreement and Early Years Commitment.

The following service types can apply for grants funding of up to $15,000 (ex GST) for Category 1 and Category 2:

  • not-for-profit community preschool (centre-based or mobile)
  • not-for-profit long day care (as identified in the National Quality Agenda IT System, or where sufficient evidence is provided upon request) and includes local government managed services
  • Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Service operating in NSW
  • Aboriginal Child and Family Centres operating in NSW.

The following service types can apply for grants funding of up to $2,500 (ex GST) for Category 3 initiatives:

  • not-for-profit community preschool (centre-based or mobile)
  • not-for-profit long day care (as identified in the National Quality Agenda IT System, or where sufficient evidence is provided upon request) and includes local government managed services
  • Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Service operating in NSW
  • Aboriginal Child and Family Centres operating in NSW
  • standalone for-profit long day cares
Last Updated: 28th of November 2022
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Before and After School Care Fund - Transport Grant - 2022-23 Grant Opened: 5th of December 2022 Closes: 3rd of March 2023 Value: Up to $160,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/primary-schools/before-and-after-school-care/grants#%3Cstrong%3ETransport3

Outside school hours care (OSHC) services play an essential role in the livelihood and wellbeing of NSW families. Three grants have been designed to ensure providers are well supported in delivering affordable, flexible and quality care, to address demand and provide access to before and after school care for every NSW primary school child who needs it.

The Transport Grant funds transport solutions to improve access to Before and After School Care services. Access for students in small, regional, and rural schools is a particular priority with this grant.
The objectives of the Transport Grant are to:

  1. Support transportation solutions that can reasonably be expected to increase or maintain the number of approved before and after school care (BASC) places for NSW government primary school children
  2. Support transportation solutions that can reasonably be expected to increase access to BASC places for NSW government primary schools.
  3. Support transportation solutions that can reasonably be expected to support the financial viability of the benefiting BASC service.

There will be two rounds of this grant in the 2022-23 financial year:

  • Round 1 - 8th of August 2022 to 30th of September 2022
  • Round 2 - 5th of December 2022 to 3rd of March 2023
Last Updated: 9th of November 2022
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Sustainable Schools - Round 4 Grant Opened: 7th of November 2022 Closes: 25th of December 2022 Value: Up to $15,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/we-look-after-our-schools/sustainable-schools-grants.html

School Infrastructure NSW’s Sustainable Schools Grants invite all NSW public schools and preschools to apply for funding up to $15,000 to deliver hands-on, sustainability-focused projects that link to the NSW curriculum.

The grants are part of a 4-year, $10 million program that gives schools the opportunity to develop innovative hands-on projects that help students learn about environmentally sustainable practices and take real steps to enhance the sustainability of their school environment.

Projects may include, but are not limited to initiatives to improve:

  • biodiversity and connect students to nature
  • energy, water and waste efficiency
  • environmental education, behavioural change and capacity building.

Note: Non-government schools and preschools not owned and operated by the NSW Department of Education are ineligible to apply.

Last Updated: 9th of November 2022
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Fee-Free Traineeships NSW Program Closes: 31st of December 2023 Value: Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/skills-nsw/apprentices-and-trainees/low-cost-and-free-training-options/fee-free-traineeships

Traineeships are a proven pathway to well-paid jobs in a diverse range of careers. In NSW, traineeships are also fee free.

There are more than 390 traineeship courses funded in NSW, in a range of industries including early childhood, health and allied services, business, IT, hospitality and warehouse operations.

Fee free traineeships are available to NSW trainees – including school-based trainees whose training:

  • is funded under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Program
  • commenced on or after 1 January 2020.

If you have previously commenced your Smart and Skilled traineeship training before 1 January 2020 and are returning to a traineeship after 1 January 2020, you will be eligible for fee free for the remainder of your training if your traineeship course or your employer has changed.

Each student is limited to a maximum of commencing three fee free traineeships under this initiative.

Last Updated: 5th of November 2022
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Community Languages School Grants - Establishment Grant Grant Closes: 30th of April 2023 Value: Up to $2,500 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/community-languages-schools/community-languages-school-grants/establishment-grant

This one-off establishment grant helps organisations that are setting up language classes for the first time by helping them in their first year.

You may receive an establishment grant if your community language school:
    is located more than two kilometres away from any other community language school which teaches the same language
    has been operating for at least two months using a teaching program
    normally has a minimum of 20 school-aged students enrolled. (Schools outside a metropolitan area with less than 20 students may be eligible for funding in some circumstances.)
    is open to school students from Kindergarten to Year 12, regardless of their language background
    holds classes outside school hours for at least 35 weeks of the year
    provides a minimum of two hours per week face-to-face language teaching based on a sound educational program.

If your community is small or isolated and cannot meet teacher or syllabus requirements immediately, you may be granted an exemption for up to 12 months. During this time your school can work with a program education officer to try to meet these requirements.

The grant can be used for:
    teaching materials
    stationery, photocopying
    payments to teachers
    buying educational equipment
    expenses associated with the administration of the schools.

 

Last Updated: 31st of October 2022
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Community Languages School Grants - Per Capita Grant Grant Closes: 30th of April 2023 Value: Based on number of students Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/community-languages-schools/community-languages-school-grants/per-capita-grant

These grants help cover community language school operating costs such as teaching materials, staff wages and new equipment.

The amount of the grant is based on the number of students who have enrolled in your community language school. You can apply for this grant after 12 months of operating your school. You can also apply for a Specific project grant at the same time.

You may receive a per capita grant if your community language school:

  • has been operating for more than 12 months
  • is managed by an organisation which is a not-for-profit legal entity
  • is located more than two kilometres away from any other community language school that teaches the same language
  • normally has a minimum of 20 school-aged students enrolled. (Schools outside a metropolitan area with less than 20 students may be eligible for funding in some circumstances.)
  • is open to school students from Kindergarten to Year 12, regardless of their language background
  • has students who attend at least 70 per cent of lessons in Term 1
  • holds classes outside school hours for at least 35 weeks of the year
  • provides a minimum of two hours per week face-to-face language teaching based on a sound educational program.

You can use the grant for:

  • teaching materials
  • stationery, photocopying
  • technology
  • payments to teachers
  • buying educational equipment
  • expenses associated with the administration of the schools

You cannot use the grant for capital purposes such as buildings, repairs, maintenance or renovations.

Last Updated: 31st of October 2022
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Community Languages School Grants - Specific Project Grant Grant Closes: 31st of May 2023 Value: Up to $10,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/community-languages-schools/community-languages-school-grants/specific-project-grant

The Specific project grant provides funding to community language schools to help with professional development, such as producing new teaching materials or for teacher training activities.

Your project must either produce materials that can be used in your community language school, or offer training to your teachers. It must benefit the wider language community or be easily adapted or applied across different language groups.

They welcome proposals that consider making the resources available online. In this case, your project team must include someone with web knowledge and experience.

You may receive a specific project grant if your community language school is already receiving, or has currently applied for, the Per capita grant through the NSW Community Languages Schools Program.

 

Last Updated: 31st of October 2022
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Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program - Crisis Fund - 2022-23 Grant Closes: 30th of June 2023 Value: Undisclosed Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/capital-works-grants/crisis-fund

The Crisis Fund supports the maintenance and/or creation of preschool places where there is an immediate and/or urgent need for capital works in at least one of the following circumstances:

  • An existing centre-based long day care or community preschool service is facing closure or relocation due to exceptional or unforeseen circumstances, for example compulsory acquisition of premises or a natural disaster, which would result in children being unable to access preschool education in reasonable proximity to their community.
  • An eligible organisation wants to expand an existing, or operate a new, centre-based long day care or community preschool in a remote or very remote area as per the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)External link (ASGS Index) where access to preschool education is limited or non-existent.
  • An Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation wants to expand an existing, or operate a new, centre-based long day care or community preschool service within NSW.

Crisis Fund grants must also contribute to the following objectives:

  • Maximise the number of places available for preschool-aged children to attend at least 600 hours per year or 15 hours per week of quality preschool education.
  • Ensure the continued operation of the service to deliver preschool places throughout the ten-year compliance period.
  • Support ongoing management of the service in line with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Where possible, leverage funds from sources external to the department, including private finance, charitable donations, grants from other state and federal government agencies and insurance claims (where applicable).

To be eligible for funding applicants must meet each of the following:

  • be registered or incorporated in Australia; and
  • be a not-for-profit organisation/association, or a local government entity; and
  • operate, or intend to operate, an education and care service in NSW that delivers preschool education, as an Approved Provider with a valid Service Approval.

For-profit organisations are not eligible to apply for Crisis Fund grants.

 

Last Updated: 10th of October 2022
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Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant - 2022-23 Grant Closes: 30th of June 2023 - 5:00 pm Value: $10,000 to $40,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/skills-nsw/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples/elsa-dixon-aboriginal-employment-grant

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant (EDAEG) adopts a number of strategies to develop and support Aboriginal people through the creation of training and employment opportunities. Promoting diversity, innovation and service responsiveness in the NSW workforce, the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant subsidises the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in public service agencies and local government authorities.

Grant elements:

  • Permanent Employment – $30,000 up to $40,000 (dependant on level of position) to support permanent employment.
  • Temporary Secondment – $20,000 up to $40,000 (dependant on level of position) to support a temporary position of up to 12 months that offers significant skill development for a permanent employee.
  • School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships – $10,000 one off payment to support school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Last Updated: 10th of July 2022
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