Senior Program Manager
The early years are a critical period for brain development. Learning patterns are established at a young age and many students who start school behind, stay behind.
Each year one in five Australian children start school developmentally vulnerable. For children who do not receive early childhood education and care it’s two in five.
The Early Childhood Development program seeks to improve learning and development outcomes for children through innovative programs and sector initiatives in early childhood (0–8 years old), in particular, programs that recognise and foster parental engagement in their children’s learning and development.
The early years are a critical period for brain development. During that time children learn social, interpersonal, and cognitive skills that help them lead healthy, happy lives and participate in learning and work (Centre for the Developing Child, 2010).
Each year one in five Australian children start school developmentally vulnerable. For children who do not receive early childhood education and care (ECEC) it’s two in five. (Productivity Commission, 2021). Once children start school behind it is difficult for them to catch up.
Early interventions are both cost-effective in that they reduce long-term costs to society, have the benefit of early mitigation of problems that can cause significant lifelong anguish and enhance the chances of children thriving throughout their lives.
The Foundation’s Early Childhood Development program seeks to improve learning and development outcomes for Australian children (aged 0-8 years) by supporting targeted and universal programs.
We have a particular interest in programs that recognise and foster parental engagement in their children’s learning and development and prioritise support for programs that engage with or target parents.
We are not interested in supporting:
The Foundation is not able to directly fund schools or early childhood service providers.
Auspicing refers to the practice of an ineligible organisation (one that does not have DGR and TCC status) applying to the Foundation via an eligible organisation. Auspicing arrangements are excluded under the Foundation's guidelines. The organisation applying to the Foundation must be the organisation that will run the project or program for which a grant is being sought.
The Foundation is limited to providing money, property or benefits for public charitable purposes in the Commonwealth of Australia. However, the Foundation is able to provide a grant for activities outside the Commonwealth if the grant is made for a public charitable purpose in the Commonwealth. For example, a grant might be made to an Australian university to enable it to fund an overseas study tour by an Australian researcher engaged by the university.
Please note there are specific instructions you need to follow if you are from a research institution.
What happens next?
All grant applications are considered by the Board of Governors at the Foundation’s board meetings, which are held three times a year in line with the Funding Rounds.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application by phone or email.
To assist your organisation with the application process, we have provided Word templates of the EOI and full application online forms below.
Expression of Interest stage
Full application stage
Please note these are NOT the live application forms. All EOIs and full applications MUST be completed online via the Apply Now link (below) which will appear when the program area is open for EOIs.