FDCA Excellence Fund

Family Day Care Australia is proud to announce that applications for the 2017-18 Excellence Fund small grants program are now open!

What is the Excellence Fund?

The Excellence Fund provides the opportunity for Family Day Care Australia service and educator members to turn their strengths and bright ideas into innovative programs, resources, learning tools or initiatives funded by Family Day Care Australia.

The Excellence Fund represents Family Day Care Australia’s ongoing commitment to both reinvesting directly back into our members and the sector, and fostering excellent organisational and pedagogical practice.

The Excellence Fund will support the development, delivery and dissemination of sector-leading initiatives created by family day care, for family day care.

Members are able to apply for grants of up to $7,000 under four distinct categories, each one addressing different areas of need within the sector:

Cultural & Community Diversity

The Cultural & Community Diversity Grant will help services and educators to foster relationships with or support families and children from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, or to help develop cultural competency.

Flexible Care

The Flexible Care Grant is designed to assist services and educators in providing flexible care or outside of standard hours care to families that need it most, including for children with additional needs.

Rural & Remote Communities

The Rural & Remote Communities Grant will encourage educators and services to create innovative initiatives that will contribute to the sustainability of rural, outer regional and remote services and/or communities.

Innovative Practice

The Innovative Practice Grant is designed to support initiatives which encourage service innovation and professionalism, as well as assist educators in developing innovative programs which foster positive child development outcomes.


How can I apply for an Excellence Fund Grant?

Do you have an idea for an initiative that encourages innovative practices within family day care? Or one that provides a way of improving on service delivery in the sector? If so, then we want to hear from you!

To apply for an Excellence Fund Grant, follow these five simple steps:

Step 1: Download an application kit by clicking here;

Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the application process;

Step 3: Read the terms and conditions;

Step 4: Fill out a budget form detailing all the relevant costs for your initiative;

Step 5:  Click the below ‘click here to apply’ button to begin the application.


The Excellence Fund will be open from 19 October 2017. Applications close 17 November 2017 at 11:59pm AEDT.


Who was successful in the 2016/17 FDCA Excellence Fund?

Two services and one educator were awarded grants in the 2016/17 round of the FDCA Excellence Fund grants program. The recipients were awarded grants due to their outstanding applications, their innovative initiatives, and their adherence to the program’s selection criteria.

To find our more about their programs click here.

Any questions?

Click here for our FAQs or email excellencefund@fdca.com.au.