The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced that applications are now open for the 2021 round of the Community Grants Program.
Not-for-profit daycare services, mobile preschools and community preschools in NSW are eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support initiatives at their service.
NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the program is helping to promote educational access, and supporting increased participation for Aboriginal children and children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage.
“The NSW Nationals in the state government are supporting early childhood services to identify areas where they can empower communities and provide them with the support to improve services. This will allow them to tailor their services according to their own goals and plans that meet the needs of families, creating a safer and stronger NSW,” he said.
“These grants provide an opportunity for communities to overcome financial barriers and access support through transport subsidies, food supplies, outreach to families and purchasing culturally appropriate educational resources.”
NSW Nationals Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the program was a great opportunity for services to boost their funding to assist them with extra costs they are unable cover.
“We know how important early childhood education is for our children, and I want to make sure that we are giving our early childhood services the financial support to better their communities,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Providing funding through the Community Grants Program ensures that the NSW Nationals in the state government deliver practical support to services where it’s needed most. This is particularly important when addressing the impact of COVID-19 on Aboriginal children and children experiencing disadvantage.”