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ACT Preschool Matters Program

Overview / Purpose

This program aims to support initiatives that strengthen parental engagement with children’s learning and develop collaborative partnerships with families and communities.

Grants of up to $500 are available. A total funding pool of $10,000 is available in 2016-17.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include organisations that must:
- Provide a preschool program in the ACT.
- Have an ABN or provide evidence they have applied for one.
- Have a current public liability insurance policy with a minimum of $10 million in cover.
- Meet one of the following service delivery types:
a) Not-for profit incorporated association or company
b) Not-for-profit organisation with other legal status
c) Government agency or statutory body
d) ACT government, Catholic Systemic, Catholic Non-systemic or Independent school
e) Approved Early Childhood Education and Care Service under the National Quality Framework
- Are a viable legal entity as defined by the Australian Taxation Office. Applicants may be asked to provide copies of recent Audited Financial Statements to help support their claim of financial viability.

Organisations may submit an individual application or develop partnerships with other organisations (eg: a Child and Family Centre or a school) and submit an application reflective of these arrangements. A partnership application must be submitted by the ‘lead’ organisation or service provider. Each application is treated individually. Organisations with multiple services and sites will be required to provide individual and site-specific applications.

Eligible Activities

Eligible proposed initiatives must:
- Align with the aims of the program as described in the funding Guidelines.
- Be delivered in the ACT for ACT residents.

Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Demonstration of intended increased parental and community engagement including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and vulnerable families where applicable. (40%).
- Links to the National Quality Standard. (30%).
- Evidence of working collaboratively with parents, families and/or communities. (30%).

Please review the Guidelines for the complete information of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Projects that have already occurred, costs that have already been incurred, or products or services that have already been purchased, ordered or delivered.
- Costs of products or activities which are core business of the organisation. These include the infrastructure costs associated with running an organisation (e.g. employment of core staff, core programs, leasing or property maintenance).
- The purchase of appliances.
- Political party.

Program ID: 10821
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Open Date
26 August, 2016

Closing Date
14 October, 2016

Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type

Funding Amount
Min:  N/A  - Max:  $500

Available funds

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Australian Capital Territory




   Primary Schools

Program administrator
ACT Education and Training Directorate

Telephone: 02 6207 1961
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