Funding for OOSH

Before & After School Care Fund

Grants are available to help create new before and after school care places

The NSW Government is working hard to deliver on its $120 million commitment to expand access to before and after school care (BASC) for public primary school children across NSW.

Applications have opened for grants from the $50 million Before and After School Care Infrastructure Fund to buy new equipment and expand facilities to create more places.

A further $40 million will provide rental subsidies to service providers located at public primary schools to ease cost pressures and reduce fees. Another $20 million has been committed for those communities where a standalone service may not be viable, including smaller schools and rural and remote communities.

Different areas and sometimes individual services will need different solutions. We will work with schools, communities and providers to pilot some new approaches and to better understand the needs of parents.

We are also making it easier for schools to host BASC services. The package provides $8 million over four years for a team of specialists to help coordinate services and resources on an area or regional basis.

Applications open on July 1 for grants from the $50 million Before and After School Care Infrastructure Fund to buy new equipment and expand facilities to create more places.

  • All services providing care for government primary school children will be eligible, not just services located at government schools.
  • Over the rest of 2019 we will review how the fund works.
  • New eligibility criteria will operate from 1 January 2020 to ensure the Fund is as easy as possible to access and to maximise the number of new places being created.

Schools

Primary schools that do not presently have an OSHC service are encouraged to consult with their community – for example their P&C Association – to determine whether such a service is required and if it should be established.

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.

Schools looking to establish a new OHSC service or expand an existing one should refer to NSW OSHC regulations.

Government school principals must refer to the department’s Community Use of School Facilities Policy and its associated implementation procedures, including an online toolkit which provides guidance on establishing an OSHC service. Principals are also advised to contact their local Asset Management unit for support with the process.

Local councils and not-for-profit OSHC services

Local councils and not-for-profit service providers that are seeking to establish a new or expand an existing service are encouraged to investigate unmet demand for OSHC services. There must be a demonstrated need to increase the number of approved places.

Apply now through the SmartyGrants online application. The Frequently Asked Questions (add link) will assist in completing the application.

Communities with unique OSHC needs

The NSW Government recognises that some communities have unique circumstances that require an innovative approach. It is committed to help these communities find suitable solutions.

Organisations seeking to address unmet demand for OSHC services may submit a written funding proposal for consideration by the Fund’s cross-sectoral steering committee. Interested organisations should contact the department on telephone 02 9244 5057 in the first instance. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. There is no need to apply through the SmartyGrants application site.

Resources

Contacts

For further information about applying for a grant 

Pauline O’Kane