UPDATED JANUARY 2017
Phase 2 grants continue to be available in 2017
The NSW Government's $20 million Before and After School Care Fund is designed to help deliver up to 45,000 additional OSHC places. Under Phase 2 of this initiative, NSW schools and local councils may apply for grants under the Fund to establish new OSHC services or to expand existing services.
Successful applicants may be 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 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 the feasibility of establishing it.
How to apply
To apply for a grant, school principals should complete an online application available through the link on the right hand side of this page.
The Frequently Asked Questions, also available through a link on the right hand side of this page, will assist in completing the application. Developed as a common resource for all three school sectors, these FAQs have been edited 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, noting that two types of regulatory approvals are required – Provider Approval and Service Approval. These regulatory approvals are separate from any approval for a grant from the Before and After School Care fund.
Further information about the Before and After School Care Fund is available from Susan Wright in the AIS Education Regulations and Program Implementation team (9299 2845) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)