Kinder upgrade blitz in Vic designed to improve facilities and boost jobs
Victorian Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt gas announced the first round of grants in the $30 million Building Blocks – Refurbishment and Minor Works program.
Grants totalling $12 million will go towards 105 projects at centres offering a funded kindergarten to upgrade amenities and improve conditions of local kinders across the state.
Forty-seven projects will receive grants of up to $500,000 for major works and refurbishments, while 58 centres will receive grants of up to $50,000 for minor works and refurbishments.
Projects include improvements to internal learning areas, playgrounds, staffroom upgrades, kitchen refurbishments, toilet upgrades, painting, replacing carpets, installing accessible ramps, landscaping and fixing or installing new fencing.
Funding in this round will also help boost local economies by supporting more than 180 jobs in construction and associated industries.
Building Blocks Grants is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. For more information about Building Blocks Grants, please see here.