Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA), would like to announce the Early Years Capital 2015 programme. DCYA has secured €7 million for Early Years Capital Programme 2015 (EYC2015). EYC2015 is open to early years settings currently providing services under at least one of the three Department of Children & Youth Affairs National Government programmes, Community Childcare Subvention (CCS), Training Education Childcare (TEC) or Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).
EYC2015 will provide small grants for 4 different strands. Community- based services can make applications against ONE only of Strands 1, 2 or 3 and additionally against Strand 4. NB – All funding must be fully spent and fully reported by 31st December 2015. Further information and application forms will be available on the PIP portal from 29th April 2015. The closing date for applications is the 28th May 2015. All queries about the programme should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strand 1 – Relocation/Major Refurbishment of community-based early years services
Strand 2 – Essential Maintenance of community-based early years services
Strand 3 – Quality Improvement & Sustainability for community-based early years services.
Strand 4 – Quality Improvement ICT upgrade for private and community-based early years services.
Strand 3 Quality Improvement & Sustainability for community-based early years services.
Grants up to maximum €50,000 for medium-scale works to improve the Building Energy Rating (BER) of early years facilities.
What can be funded?
Projects that will have immediate or short term, medium/high impact on the energy rating of the building. For example:
· building insulation,
· replacement of windows and doors,
· draught stripping,
· improving water and heating systems,
· installation of thermostatic controls.
An allowance of up to €200 can be claimed as part of the total grant against the cost of the BER Advisory Report and should be included in the quotes template.
What will I need to make an application?
All applications submitted under Strand 3 must be supported by a BER Advisory Report. A BER Advisory Report must be undertaken by a registered non-domestic BER assessor. A list of registered assessors can be found on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) website at www.seai.ie.
You will also need three quotes for all proposed works over €5,000 and one quote for all works of €5000 or less.
CKEA can carry out BER Advisory Report. Contact CKEA office on 056 7790856 for further information.