€77,136 granted to early years services in Clare – BREEN

July 30th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has said that Clare will receive €77,136 in grant funding for early years services.

“This funding will be distributed to childcare services, in support of this vital sector in Clare. This capital programme demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the ongoing development of the childcare sector.

“The investment is being directed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, towards making the greatest impact by addressing the most urgent works and supporting the quality of services making the greatest impact for disadvantaged children and communities here in Clare.

“Nationally €5 million of the grant funding was made available specifically for community/not for profit childcare services while the other €2 million was made available to both private and community/not for profit childcare facilities to access grants for quality improvement measures, specifically in the area of upgrading IT facilities.

Applications for grants were invited under four funding strands. I understand that Stands 2 and Strands 3 were oversubscribed and extremely competitive and I am pleased that two Clare projects made very compelling cases for funding. The two successful projects were Bridge Kids in Sixmilebridge who were awarded €20,395 and Obair Community Creche in Newmarket on Fergus who were awarded €12,208.

92 Childcare Facilities throughout the County will share in the €44,533 in funding allocated under Strand 4 with an average payment per facility of €484. This funding which was available to both private and community/not for profit childcare facilities will allow for the upgrade of their ICT equipment.

“This news follows last week’s proposals for strategic investment in childcare which aims to improve affordability, quality and accessibility for parents and children across Ireland.”

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Note Re Strands for your info and List of Successful Projects attached in an Excel Document.

Applications for grants were invited under four funding strands:

Community Based Services Only:

Strand 1: Large Scale Capital funding Relocation/Major Refurbishment of early years services. Grants in the region of €500,000.

Strand 2: Essential Maintenance of early years services for medium scale works. Grants up to a maximum of €50,000.

Strand 3: Quality Improvement & Sustainability for early years services for medium scale works to improve the Building Energy Rating (BER) of facilities. Grants up to a maximum of €50,000.

Private and Community-based Services:

Strand 4: Quality Improvement. Grants up to a maximum of €500 for the upgrade of ICT equipment.