What is this fund?
Building off 20+ years of investment, the Early Childhood Regional Networks Fund is a new donor collaborative with a mission to provide funding that supercharges early childhood regional networks. In addition, the Fund aims to strengthen regional network coordination and interaction so that they can respond to the needs of their members and the wider sector in their regions, especially through capacity building, advocacy, knowledge building, sharing good practice, and building resilience, on Early Childhood Development themes that networks consider most relevant and choose to prioritise.
Specifically, the Fund aims to:
- support the member driven strategic plans of the Regional Networks,
- strengthen the capacity and impact of each network and learning between them,
- enable collaborative projects (eg. in workforce, fatherhood and male caregiving) that the networks deliver through and with their members.
The Fund aims to attract $9m of funding over its first five years of operation and has been designed in a way that welcomes new donors who share its passion for strengthening the early childhood sector through collaborative networking, sharing and elevating front-line voices, and protecting the interests of young children, especially the most vulnerable.