Fine Gael Senator, Tony Mulcahy is urging operators of childcare facilities throughout County Clare to consider apply for funding under the 2015 Early Years Capital (EYC) programme, details of which have just been announced by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD.
11 local community and not-for-profit childcare services received combined funding of €183,113 in 2014, and Senator Mulcahy says he expects Clare to receive a greater allocation when the successful funding applicants are announced later this summer.
Capital funding totalling €7 million has been announced by Government for Early Years services this year.
“High quality childcare facilities are hugely important to parents. It makes a massive difference to know that when you are at work, your children are being cared for in an environment that is safe, clean and fit-for-purpose. Children in Clare have benefited from past funding allocations awarded to facilities that had been in existence for some years and were in need of a make-over,” said Senator Mulcahy.
“The grants awarded under this scheme are generally used for essential repairs, refurbishment and improving energy ratings,” he added.
Further information on the EYC2015 programme and information on how to make an application can be found on the Pobal website at http://www.pobal.ie. Applications for funding can be made from the 29th April.