Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D.
today launched the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2023. The Minister has
secured funding of €250,000, which will be allocated to Parent and Toddler Groups
nationwide through local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). From today, Parent and
Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this Initiative through
their local CCC.

This year the emphasis will be on supporting Parent and Toddler Groups that offer a
welcome to families who are newly arrived in Ireland.

Following from the success of the additional funding streams in last year’s Initiative, the
Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2023 will again offer three streams of funding:

1. Funding of €800 for existing groups and €1,100 for the establishment of new groups.
2. Funding of up to €300 is available to establish and operate Buggy Walking Groups.

These Buggy Walking Groups are organised social walks for parents/guardians and
young children. The grant is open to any existing or new organisations or groups who
wish to offer a minimum of six organised walks within their community.

3. Additional funding of up to €300 is available for new or existing Parent and Toddler
Groups to provide a second session to meet demand.
Conditions apply and the CCCs are available to discuss requirements with new and existing

In announcing this year’s Parent and Toddler Grant Minister O’Gorman said:
“Parent and Toddler Groups provide a great meeting place for parents/guardians with
young children to relax and chat together in a supportive environment while their children
play. I want to thank all the groups that are offering a welcome and friendship to parents
and children in their communities as well as those newly arrived to Ireland. I am delighted
to be able to support this work.”

Groups, including many Family Resource Centres across the country, have opened their
doors to families from Ukraine. Kenmare Family Resource Centre runs a weekly successful
and inclusive Parent and Toddler Group.
Máire Ui Leime the Centre’s co-ordinator shared some feedback from Ukrainian parents
using the group:
“Ukrainian parents have told me that they find it great to come to the Parent and Toddler
Group as it is so welcoming and they can either sit quietly or take part.
“’We can forget the war’; ‘we can leave our troubles outside the door’ and ‘it is great to
hear the children laughing while playing with other children’ are some of the other positive

Funding is available for:
• Toys, equipment and books for indoor and outdoor activities, and children’s
• Storage for equipment.
• Training for parents, e.g. paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting courses,
facilitate sessions.
• Promotional Leaflets including any required translations.
• Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music.
• Limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of
40% of total funding for existing services.
• Limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of
70% of total funding for new services and buggy walking groups.

The maximum allowable total funding to be granted to new and existing Parent and Toddler
Groups in 2023 is €1,400.


Please contact TCCC for further information or queries on 06264200