The intended outcome of this grant opportunity is to assist services operating in or servicing disadvantaged or vulnerable communities who have been severely impacted by unforeseen events or circumstances in remaining viable and operational so they can continue to support families in their community. Services may be:

  • at risk of closure due to an unforeseen event or circumstance, such as a natural disaster, or extreme weather event, or pandemic
  • at risk of permanent closure due to another event or circumstance, where that closure would result in a lack of suitable child care for the community, or 
  • seeking to commence a new service in a community where another service has closed, resulting in a lack of suitable child care.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) approved services are eligible to apply for funding where there is an imminent risk of closure and would result in market failure for the community.

The department has identified a list of priority areas that experience particularly high levels of disadvantage compared with most other communities. The priority areas list is based on Australian Early Development Census (AEDC), Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) remoteness and population data.

Special Circumstances funding is a one off grant paid per event. The amount of funding provided to applicants will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the activity being funded and the circumstances of the applicant. Please refer to the CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

For more information or to apply for a grant please visit the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment website here.