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Early Childhood Education

Term 2 - COVID-19 Free Preschool funding program for Approved Providers not eligible for JobKeeper Payment Scheme

Submissions are now being accepted. Submissions close at 5:00PM 31 January 2021 (AEDT).

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your online form.


Welcome to the NSW Department of Education online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

You may begin anywhere in this form. Please ensure you save as you go.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us on 1300 755 426 during business hours or email and quote your submission number.

Click here to view the program guidelines.

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box, this links directly to every page of the form. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the form.


If you wish to leave a partially completed form, press 'save and close' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any forms you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft form and start where you left off.

You can also download any form, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download PDF' button located at the bottom of the last page of the form.


You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your form before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your form you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top or bottom of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your form until all the compulsory questions are completed and there are no validation errors.

Once you have submitted your form, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your form, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submitted form attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.

Hint: also check the email hasn’t landed in your spam or junk email folder.


A number of people can work on an form using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.


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