ECD Relief Fund applications extended

The Social Development Department has encouraged Early Childhood Development (ECD) services that have not yet applied for the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund (ESRF) to apply before the new closing date.

The department has extended the closing date of the applications for the ECD-ESRF from 19 February to 26 February 2021.

‘’The importance of ECD services cannot be understated. ECD centres and programmes provide children with the emotional and cognitive tools to develop into productive citizens at the latter stages of their lives, and also provides a place of safety for children, whilst their parents are at work.’’ said Western Cape Social Development MEC, Sharna Fernandez.

As of the 17 February 2021, 1574 applications for the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund, have been received from the Western Cape.

According to the provincial Department of Social Development's (DSD) database, there are approximately 4282 ECD centres and programmes (both registered and unregistered) in the Western Cape.


Before making an application, applicants must ensure that they have the following in place:

• Banking account: All ECD services making an application will need to have a bank account in the name of the ECD service.

• Loaded on the Central Supplier Database (CSD): ECD services that do not currently receive funding from Provincial DSD will need to be registered on the CSD database, which can be done via this link:

• The registration number generated from the CSD database will be required for the stimulus application.


How to apply:

Applicants must use the portal to apply. For assistance with the application, call 0800 089 666. For more information about the qualifying criteria, visit


Done By: Mitchum George


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