Grant opportunity alert – Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Open Competitive Round 3

by Freya Lucas

January 14, 2021

The Australian Government, via the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has approved funding of $117 million (GST exclusive) from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2024 for the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Open Competitive Round 3 grant opportunity. 


The funding aims to support early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to address barriers to participation, and has a particular emphasis on disadvantaged and vulnerable families and communities.


In order to apply for funding an ECEC service must, at the time of application lodgement, be a Child Care Subsidy approved provider of an approved child care service, and:


  • be located in, or servicing families from a CCCF Priority Area; OR
  • service a regional, remote or very remote area; OR
  • provide specialised childcare services to a vulnerable or disadvantaged sector of its community; OR
  • have been previously funded under CCCF Round 1 or 2.


Funding will be provided under three elements to fund specific activities. The elements are (in order of grant funding priority):


  • Sustainability Support
  • Community Support
  • Capital Support.


Applications for Round 3 opened yesterday, 13 January 2021, and will close 22 February 2021. 


Prior to submitting an application the Department asked applicants to read the Grant Opportunity Guidelines to ensure they are eligible and that the proposed use of the funding will meet the objectives of the grant opportunity.


For more information, please visit the Community Grants Hub website.