Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2024

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2024

Information on grants available:

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2024 Parent and Toddler (P&T) Grant. This Grant scheme will be administered by South Dublin County Childcare Committee for the South Dublin County area. Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent &Toddler Groups that are organised on a not-for-profit basis and involve the participation of parents/guardians to include recently arrived parents and children from Ukraine and other countries in the community. Grants will normally range from €100 to a total maximum of €1,300.

  • New start up groups may apply for a grant of up to €1,000.
  • Existing P&T Groups can apply for up to €800.

There is also a maximum of €300 available to operate/establish Buggy Walking Groups.

Groups are advised to contact South Dublin County Childcare Committee for further information in respect to this additional funding option (as the maximum allowable funding is €1,300, new groups who are applying for €1,000 are eligible to apply for this additional amount).

Funding will be available for:  

·       Toys, equipment and books for indoor and outdoor activities, including children’s refreshments.

·       Storage for equipment.

·       Training for parents, e.g. Paediatric First Aid, Committee skills, Parenting courses, Facilitated sessions,

·       Promotional Leaflets including any required translations.

·       Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music.

·       Limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of 50% of total funding for existing services.

·       Limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of 70% of total funding for new services.

·       An amount of up to €300 is available for the establishment of buggy walking groups. It is envisaged that these groups, once established, will involve groups of parents/guardians and children meeting for organised walks on a regular basis (a minimum of 6 walking sessions) in their local community.

Funding will not be available for:

·       Groups operating out of private homes.

·       One off events such as outings, parties and trips.

·       P&T Groups with a closing balance of €3,000 or more in the previous year (except where a P&T Group can provide a signed declaration that the funding available to the P&T group is under €3,000).

·       Groups who received funding in previous years and did not return the Progress Report and receipts for items purchased.

Additional Information:

·     P&T Groups should have a Bank Account/Credit Union or Post Office Account. The money taken at each session, any grants received by the group or money received from fundraising should be paid into the account. Spending on the group’s behalf should be paid for by cheque/draft or electronic means. All transactions involving the group’s money should be recorded and all receipts kept.

·     Applications from P&T Groups will only be accepted from groups known to South Dublin County Childcare Committee. New groups should arrange to meet a South Dublin CCC staff representative prior to application deadline.(By Emailing: caroline@southdublinchildcare.ie )

·     Existing P&T Groups must submit evidence of appropriate insurance with their application. New P&T Groups should submit evidence of insurance within the first month of receiving the grant.

The Closing Date for Receipt of Applications to South Dublin County Childcare Committee is: Friday 19th April 2024

Applications can be posted to: Parent & Toddler Grant Applications 2024, South Dublin County Childcare Committee, Clondalkin Civic Offices, 9th Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, D22 E9X5

Applications can also be emailed to: info@southdublinchildcare.ie

All queries and questions on the Parent & Toddler Grant 2024 can be directed to Caroline O’Connor Hearne by email caroline@southdublinchildcare.ie

You can download the following documents to help you with your application:

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