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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About the grant

The CCCF Grant gives eligible approved services funding to:

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

The grants support services in designated priority areas. These are selected based on the Australian Early Development Census and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Round 3

Applications for Round 3 of the Open Competitive Grant closed on 1 March 2021.

Successful applications were announced on 16 July 2021.

More than $100 million will go to 385 child care providers for 716 applications.

Funding was awarded in three categories:

  1. Sustainability support to help services 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 to contribute to the cost of modifying, renovating, extending or building child care facilities that results in more child care places where there is unmet demand.

See more about the Round 3 announcement.

For enquiries about Round 3 grants, contact Community Grants Hub at 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email

Previous funding rounds

Find out more about previous funding rounds: