Early Years & School Age Capital Information 2019


 Applications for this Funding are now Closed



Early Years & School Age Capital Funding Information 2019  (THIS CAPITAL FUNDING SCHEME IS NOW CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS)

If your early learning and care or school age childcare service is interested in applying for early years and/or school aged childcare capital 2019, you may find the below information useful in preparation for your online application.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (01) 457 0122 or info@southdublinchildcare.ie


All applicants must have a DCYA reference number to apply for funding.

The DCYA reference number must be for the facility which is the subject of the application.

School Age Childcare services are also required to register with Tusla in 2019; services will need to have completed their registration process with TUSLA in advance of any payments being released.

If a service is relocating they must have the DCYA reference number for their new location; they cannot use their existing DCYA reference number to apply, this must be the new DCYA reference number.

Closing date for application for new DCYA reference numbers is the 11th March 2019. DCYA reference number applications must be returned to South Dublin CCC via post or info@southdublinchildcare.ie on or before 11th March 2019.

  Application form for Capital for the DCYA reference number application form.

Guidelines setting out the application process for over €6.1m in childcare capital grants for 2019 are now available. Over the next few weeks, two ‘Capital Funding Information Sessions’ will be delivered by South Dublin CCC. We will disseminate dates shortly.

Announcing the publication, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. encouraged providers to study the document and prepare the groundwork for their applications.

The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019.

Decisions are expected to be delivered in June 2019.

The available strands of funding are as follows:

Strand A:  Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds - €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant).

Strand B:  Fire Safety for community early years services – €0.875m, (max. €15,000 per grant).

Strand C:  Creation of new school age places - €1m (max. €20,000 per grant).

Both early learning and care and school age childcare providers are invited to apply. 

Applicants are advised to pay special attention to the requirements regarding valid DCYA reference numbers included in the Application Guidelines. The closing date for applying for a new DCYA reference number for 2019 Capital is 11th March 2019. Applications for a new DCYA reference number are to be returned to South Dublin CCC by post or our email info@southdublinchildcare.ie.
To apply for a new DCYA reference number, please see the attached application and guiding note.  

Any interested parties are encouraged to contact South Dublin Childcare Committee (SDCCC) with any further questions they may have, so that they can begin work and submit their applications as early as possible. Please contact your Development Officer here at South Dublin Childcare Committee  by email (see below) or contact us on (01) 457 0122:





To download/view application guidelines, please click  Here  or see email attachment.


To view the full DCYA Press Release, please click Here.



All applicants must consider if their proposed project requires planning permission from their Local Authority.

 Applicants should seek advice from their Local Authority or other expertise such as their architect or engineer.

Your Proposal will be required to provide the planning permission number on the application form or the date that planning permission has been applied for.


Applicants who do not own their early learning and care or school age childcare premises must attach a copy of the current lease agreement/rental agreement to their application OR attach a letter from their new landlord confirming that they are willing to enter into a lease/rental agreement with the applicant.

Please note all successful applicants will be required to submit a copy of their lease agreement before the grant will be released.

Lease or rental agreements must be in place for
· 3 years after the approval date for Capital 2019 where the amount approved is up to €20,000.
· 4 years after the approval date for Capital 2019 where the amount approved is over €20,000 but less than €50,000.
· 5 years after the approval date for Capital 2019 where the amount is approved is equal to €50,000 or more.

Applicants who do not own their early learning and care service or school age childcare premises must attach a letter from their landlord or potential landlord giving permission to the early learning and care service or school age service to carry out the works and or install equipment in their premises.


Applicants must attach a quotation from an independent supplier for each item that they intend to purchase with the grant.

Small items which can be purchased from the one supplier, for example, small pieces of equipment, can be included on the one quotation.

If an applicant is successful the applicant must subsequently comply with public procurement guidelines.  https://ogp.gov.ie/public-procurement-guidelines-for-goods-and-services/

Applicants must ensure that there is no conflict of interest with all suppliers of goods or services.


Community Early Learning and Care Services applying for funding under Strand 2: Fire Safety must attach one of the following reports to their application. The costs applied for must relate to Fire Safety recommendations included in the independent report.



N.B. Items (costs) applied for under Strand 2, Fire Safety, must relate to the specific recommendations on fire safety in the independent report.