UPDATED FEBRUARY 2016
Phase 2 grants now available
The NSW Government has announced the next phase of the $20 million Before and After School Care Fund to help deliver up to 45,000 additional OSHC places. NSW schools and local councils may apply for grants under the Fund which will now also be available to schools wishing to expand existing OSHC services.
In 2016, under phase 2 of this initiative, schools without an OSHC service and schools with an existing OSHC service that have a need and capacity to expand their service are eligible to apply for a one-off grant of up to $30,000. The grants can be used for site modification and fit-out costs, project management (including tendering or regulatory costs), or to pay for necessary equipment to support new or expanded services.
Schools that have received grants in the first round and schools with first round applications that are currently being assessed will have the opportunity to apply for a supplementary grant of up to $10,000 through their existing SmartyGrants application.
Who can apply
Schools that have an existing service with a demonstrated need to increase the number of approved places are encouraged to investigate the feasibility of expanding the service.
Primary schools that do not presently have an OSHC service are encouraged to consult with their community - including parent groups - to determine the demand for such a service and if it should be established.
Note: Schools that have received grants in the first round and schools with first round applications that are currently being assessed will have the opportunity to apply for a supplementary grant of up to $10,000 through their existing SmartyGrants application. These schools will not need to start a new application and will be contacted by the AIS with further information regarding the process to apply for the additional funding.
How to apply
To apply for a grant, school principals should complete an online application.
The Frequently Asked Questions will assist in completing the application.
The Frequently Asked Questions, available on the right hand side of this page, developed as a common resource for all three school sectors, have been amended to note those sections which are not relevant for independent schools.
OSHC services are subject to regulations
Schools looking to establish a new OHSC service or expand an existing one should refer to NSW OSHC regulations.
Further information about the Before and After School Care Fund is available from Susan Wright in the AIS Government Education Policy team (9248 3727) or by email (email@example.com)