Further to the Press Release published on Saturday 25th July where Minister Roderic O’Gorman announced a number of funding measures as part of the July Stimulus Funding Package for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC), the DCYA are pleased to inform you that the ELC & SAC COVID-19 Sustainability Support Fund is now open for applications.

This funding is accessible to providers (not-for-profit and for-profit) who can demonstrate that the other measures available as part of the July Stimulus Package are not sufficient by themselves to enable viable operations of their business. Further information in relation to eligibility is available in the Guidelines.

The Application Form, Workbook, and Applicant Guidelines for the ELC & SAC COVID-19 Sustainability Support Fund are available on the Hive and can be accessed here: https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/useful-links/.

Support for Service Providers in relation to the completion of the Application Form and Workbook is available via the local City and County Childcare Committees. Contact details can be found in the Guidelines document. Pobal EYPC will not be providing support within this context except where queries relate to accessing the Hive.