The Childminding Development Grant (CMDG) 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.
Donegal County Childcare administer the CMDG at a local level with Pobal managing the transfer of funding to DCCC on behalf of the DCYA. Each year, DCCC contact Tusla for a list of notified Childminders in the County, a letter is then sent to each childminder inviting them to apply for the grant. The grant application is also advertised on DCCC website and Facebook page.
What funding is available under the Childminders 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.