CCCF Open Competitive grant

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Open Competitive grant is for child care services in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

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Round 3 applications now open

How to apply for CCCF Open Round 3 funding.

CCCF Round 3 now open until 11pm (AEDT) 1 March 2021. Services have one more week to apply for the Community Child Care Fund Open Competitive grant.

The CCCF grant opportunity gives eligible services extra funding to:

  • help them stay open, and
  • increase the number of children in care from disadvantaged or vulnerable families and communities.

The Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub provides comprehensive information about Round 3 funding.

What areas are considered disadvantaged and vulnerable?

The CCCF Round 3 priority areas comprise communities experiencing high levels of disadvantage compared to most other communities. Priority areas are selected based on the Australian Early Development Census and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Who is eligible?

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) approved services can apply if they:

  • provide care for a disadvantaged or vulnerable community, or
  • provide care in a regional, rural or remote area where there are not many other child care services, or
  • provide specialised care to a disadvantaged or vulnerable sector of its community, or
  • previously received funding in round 1 or 2 of the open grant opportunity.

What are the categories of funding?

The CCCF Round 3 grant opportunity provides funding in three categories:

  1. Sustainability support to help a service remain viable and sustainable
  2. Community support to identify and address community-level barriers to child care participation so more children can attend child care
  3. Capital support that contributes to the cost of modifying, renovating, extending or building child care facilities that results in more child care places where there is unmet demand.

The below examples show how you could use funding under each category.

Sustainability support 

A Centre Based Day Care service in a CCCF priority area has a high percentage of children from low socio-economic backgrounds. Educators at the service work with families to ensure children feel cared for, respected, safe and valued. 

The service identified capacity to provide care to more children and to improve their financial sustainability. 

They proposed funding be used to employ qualified staff to connect with families, develop links with local agencies to identify new families, and employ new business practices to increase participation. Funding would be used to cover expenses such as salary, rent and electricity bills over the transition period to the new model. 

They received $60,000 over three years to develop and implement a new business model. This resulted in the service delivering a more sustainable model of care which reduced barriers to children accessing care.

Community support

An Outside School Hours Care (OHSC) service had declining attendance of children from suburbs with high unemployment. This was most noticeable with older school aged children at the OSHC.

The service proposed to introduce a sports program for older students. The service determined they'd need to hire qualified sports coaches and upskill existing staff. The service worked with local sports clubs to identify coaches to help run the program. 

The service requested $80,000 over five years to implement the program. Funding covered the coach fees, training for existing staff and new sports equipment. 

Through the program the service was able to increase participation by 15 children per week. 

Capital support

A child care service in a small regional town was at capacity and had 29 children on a waitlist. It was the only centre within a 100-kilometre area. The lack of care in the area, especially for babies, meant some parents were unable to work.

The service applied to extend and renovate their centre. They estimated it would cost $240,000 to extend the centre to accommodate a room for babies. They supplied quotes from qualified builders and both a project and building plan in their application. The local council provided a letter confirming they had committed $60,000 towards the project and the service raised an additional $60,000. This meant they met the requirement to fund half of the project cost themselves. 

The service successfully applied for $120,000 in capital support.

How do I apply?

Apply through the Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub.

On the Community Grants Hub’s Round 3 grant opportunity page you will find:

  • Forms to apply under each category (i.e. sustainability support, community support, capital support)
  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Questions and answers
  • Other information.

If you need more help

If you need assistance, call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email

Previous funding rounds

Applications for Round 1 opened and closed in late 2017. The outcomes were announced in April 2018. Successful applicants received funding from July 2018.

Applications for Round 2 opened and closed in 2019. The outcomes were announced in August 2019. Successful applicants received funding from October 2019.

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