Grants of up to $100,000 on offer in WA
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Up to $100,000 is on offer to WA local governments for early childhood programs

by Freya Lucas

October 31, 2023

Grant funding of up to $100,000 is available to local governments (LGs) in Western Australia for programs aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Western Australian children aged up to five years.


The Local Government Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) Grant Program will support WA LGs to address the developmental needs of young children in their local community as identified in AEDC data.


AEDC population data is collected every three years, providing information about young children’s development across five key areas linked to predictors of good adult health, education, and social outcomes.


For each AEDC cycle, the Commonwealth Government, through the State Government, provides funding to implement local programs in response to census data.


A key priority for the grants is to support communities with relatively high levels of developmental vulnerability, as identified by their AEDC results, to implement initiatives and programs to improve early childhood outcomes.


“The health and wellbeing of our youngest citizens is critical to them having a great childhood and preparing them for a healthy adulthood,” said WA Early Childhood Education Minister Sabine Winton.


“Local Governments play an important role across a range of areas that support young children’s health and wellbeing, development, and learning and are well placed to work with their community to respond to their AEDC data.”


Using the 2021 AEDC data, local governments are encouraged to work with their communities to consider location-specific initiatives that will enhance developmental milestones for the young children in their community.


Requirements for proposed projects include active engagement with an existing Early Years Network or facilitating the development of an Early Years Network in collaboration with the community.


The LG AEDC Program is funded by the Commonwealth Government and the State Government through the Department of Communities in partnership with the Department of Education. The Western Australian Local Government Association is delivering the grants.


Applications close on Tuesday, 5 December at 2.30pm.


For more information, please see here

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