Make sure you get your application in to Work and Income BEFORE 20 October 2017.
Grants are notified 2 December 2017.
You can apply each funding round but you can only receive one grant for each child each financial year (1 July – 30 June).
|Apply during these dates||When you'll find out and the grant will be paid|
|16 January - 17 February 2017||31 March 2017|
|22 May - 23 June 2017||4 August 2017|
|18 September - 20 October 2017||2 December 2017|
If you are in receipt of the Unsupported Child Benefit or Orphan’s Benefit for the support of a child in your care, you may apply to the Extraordinary Care Fund for funding to help the child reach their potential.
The ECF is a grant of up to $2,000, designed to support children who are:
experiencing difficulties that are significantly impacting on their development
showing promise in a particular area
Applications can be made for up to $2,000 in each financial year (1 July to 30 June)
If the cost is over $2,000 you'll have to show how you're going to pay the extra.
If you're caring for more than one child, you can apply for a grant for each child.
Grants that are awarded are based on the needs of the child rather than their family’s financial situation.
The fund DOES NOT cover:
costs that are covered by other agencies or the Establishment Grant or the School and Year Start-up Payment.
health and medical costs (e.g treatment or medication) but it does cover orthodontic or dental work
everyday costs (e.g school trips, vehicles, legal costs)
How to apply
Important! Make sure you read all of the information contained on the Work and Income website about what is and is not covered and what supporting information is required to be submitted with your application.