Westmeath County Childcare Committee in collaboration with the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs are delighted to seek applications for a Parent & Toddler grant, from existing Parent and Toddler Groups.

Please find attached the guidelines and application for applying for funding 2019.  Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 23rd August 2019.

Information on grants available:

Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not for profit basis and involve the participation of parents in the community. Grants will normally range from €100 to €1000. Existing Parent and Toddler Groups can apply for a maximum of €800.  New start up groups may apply for maximum grant of up to €1000.


Funding will be available for:

  • Toys, equipment and books

  • Training for parents, e.g. paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting courses

  • Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music

  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment, up to a maximum of 30% of total funding.


Funding will not be available for:

  • Groups operating out of private homes

  • Groups with €3000 or more closing balance in 2018

  • Groups that received funding in 2018 and did not return the Progress Report and receipts for items purchased with last grant

  • Outings, once off events and parties

  • Existing groups who do not submit evidence of appropriate insurance when making their application

Parent and Toddler Grant application form 2019