Childminding Development Grant 2021

Kilkenny County Childcare Committee are delighted to announce that the Childminding Development Grant 2021 is now open.

The purpose of the Childminders Development Grant is to offer an incentive, in the form of a small capital grant, to Childminders to enhance and support their awareness of quality childcare.

The Childminders Development Grant is designed to assist Childminders, already providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs.  It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs.

All applicants must be committed to maintaining/improving the quality of their childminding service.

What funding is available under the Childminder Development Grant?

The maximum grant available to a Childminder, who fully meets the criteria of the scheme, is 90% of total receipted eligible childcare expenditure, subject to a maximum grant of €1,000

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

A Childminder who is:

a) Providing an existing childminding service carried out in the Childminder’s home


b) Proposing a new childminding service to be carried out in the Childminder’s home

A Childminder who provides/proposes to provide childminding services (not including Childminders own children) for at least:

a) 3 children on a part time basis


b) 1 child on a full-time basis and 1 child on a part time basis

Must provide evidence of appropriate insurance (must show valid insurance period)
Must provide evidence of Tusla Children First E-Learning programme
Required to operate as a Childminder for a minimum of two years following receipt of the grant.

Meath County Childcare Committee will be administering the CMDG applications again this year. The application for CMDG funding should be completed on the standard application form below and submitted by email to Meath County Childcare Committee.

Childminders are required to get confirmation from their local CCC that they are known to the CCC using the template provided below within the CMDG Application Form and Guidelines 2021.

Completed application forms should be emailed to Meath County Childcare Committee at [email protected] by close of business 16 July 2021. No applications will be accepted after 16 July 2021.

CMDG Application Form and Guidelines 2021