Western Cape Social Development Department urges ECDs to apply for Relief Fund

The Western Cape Social Development Department is urging Early Childhood Development Centres (ECD) in economic distress to apply for Government’s  Early Childhood Development Employment Stimulus Relief Fund.

The Social Development Department has received R496 million from National Treasury as part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s COVID-19 relief measures, to assist ECD programmes and services that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

R53 million has been distributed to support ECD programmes and services in the Western Cape.

‘’The Early Childhood Development Employment Stimulus Relief Fund is part of sustaining employment opportunities in the sector in light of the high unemployment rate and job losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.’’ Says Western Cape Social Development MEC, Sharna Fernandez.

‘’ECD operators/owners/managers must apply on behalf of their ECD service, and if successful, would pay the ECD employees. Individual ECD workers cannot apply to the fund themselves. Successful applicants can only use the funds to subsidise the cost of employment for workers.’’ Fernandez added.


Ensure the following, before applying for the Early Childhood Development Employment Stimulus Relief Fund:

• 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: https://secure.csd.gov.za/Account/Register.

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

How to apply:

Applicants must use the govchat.app portal to apply. For assistance with the application, call 0800 089 666. For more information about the qualifying criteria, visit www.dsd.gov.za

Applications will close at 23h59 on 19 February 2021.


Done By: Mitchum George


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