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National PJ Day 2018: Fund Open For Applications!

June 6, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to announce the opening of applications for the 2018 Early Childhood Ireland National Pyjama Day Fund!

Over 1,300 crèches and preschools nationwide signed up for this year’s event. Thanks to all your hard work, the event has raised a tremendous €280,000 for children’s charities across Ireland.

On behalf of everyone at Early Childhood Ireland, we would like to warmly thank you, your team, and all the children and families who helped to raise these vital funds. It will have a huge impact on children with additional needs and their families around the country.

Next steps

Early Childhood Ireland works in partnership with the Community Foundation for Ireland to administer the funds raised on National Pyjama Day. Grants distributed from the Fund will directly support children aged between birth and 6 years with additional needs.

This document outlines the criteria and process for organisations interested in applying for a grant from the National Pyjama Day Fund 2018. The first stage, an online Expression of Interest (EOI) form, must be completed by 4pm on Friday 29th June 2018. EOIs will be shortlisted and a number of organisations will then be invited to make full applications to the Fund. Grant amounts of up to €60,000 may be allocated for projects taking place over one to three years.

If you know of a charity that may be interested in applying for funding from the National Pyjama Day Fund 2018, please share these details on how to submit an application. If you would like any further information on the grant process, please contact the Community Foundation directly.

Looking ahead

We are already looking ahead to next year’s Early Childhood Ireland National Pyjama Day. In 2019, the event will take place in May – a later time than the traditional March date. We will share further information on this closer to the time, so please keep an eye on our website, social media, and newsletter (Early Times Weekly) for further details.

A huge thank you once again and warm congratulations to all who participated in National Pyjama Day 2018 – this is a wonderful achievement and we are deeply grateful for all that you’ve done!

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