Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’ Gorman TD, today announced that €250,000 will be available in grants for Parent and Toddler Groups, as part of the Summer of Play initiative.
The grants will be allocated to Parent and Toddler groups nationwide through local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). Parent and Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this scheme through their local CCC.
This funding will be available to all Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not-for-profit basis and who actively involve the participation of parents in the local community.
Commenting on the launch of the Parent and Toddler Grant for 2021, Minister O’Gorman said:
“The last year and a half has been challenging for all of us, but particularly for children and their parents. That’s why my Department launched the Summer of Play Initiative, to provide supports for children and families to get outside and play safely this summer.
I hope this grant will encourage the development of new Parent and Toddler groups and will help existing groups to start up again. Parent and Toddler Groups provide much-needed opportunity for children and parents to socialise, and I am delighted to be able to support them.”
Grants will range from €100 to €1250. Existing Parent and Toddler Groups can apply for a maximum of €800 while new start-up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up to €1250. The funding can be used for expenses including play equipment, activities for the children and training for parents.
Parents or not-for-profit community groups who wish to apply for funding for a new or existing Parent and Toddler group should contact their local CCC for details on the programme and the application process. Contact details and links to websites of all local City/County Childcare Committees can be found on www.myccc.ie
While the grants are intended to support Parent and Toddler groups to safely meet again, all groups should be aware of and follow current Government guidelines on Covid-19.