8 early childhood services in Westmeath will share €368,337, which will be used to increase childcare provision, carry out maintenance and general improvements and develop natural outdoor play spaces.
Strand A (Early Learning and Care): New places for 0-3 year olds
€3.7m total approved (€50k max. grant)
Strand B (Early Learning and Care): Fire safety improvements (community only)
€0.3m total approved (€15k max. grant)
Strand C (School Age): New places for school age children
€2.2m total approved (€20k max. grant)
The capital funding has been awarded following the completion of a very competitive application and appraisal process.
Pobal have now begun the process of notifying all applicants of the outcomes of the Capital decisions. A list of these successful applications is included below.
Announcing this new funding, the Minister said:
“Quality accessible affordable childcare requires investment. The funding being announced today will translate into over 3,600 new and extra spaces for children up to the age of 15. It is another step as we seek to address the decades of under-investment and neglect by successive governments. Overall Government investment in early learning and care has jumped 117% since 2015.”