Community Empowerment

Closing Date for ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund Applications Extended to 26 February 2021

Those who have not yet applied for the ECD-Employment Stimulus Relief Fund (ECD-ESRF) can still do so as the deadline has been extended from 19 to 26 February by the Department of Social Development.  

In addition to the GovChat application platform ( that is currently used, the department has made available another web-form to assist with larger organisation submissions on Those who have already completed their applications on the GovChat platform need not submit another application through the new web-form, as duplicate submissions for the same ECD service may lead to administrative delays.

In addition, as a further support mechanism in respect of completing applications the department, in partnership with the DG-Murray Trust, has made available a number of non-governmental organizations and over 2 000 Harambee Youth support services stationed throughout districts to assist ECD services with the application process. The Provincial Department of Social Development through their local offices are also available to assist ECD services throughout the country.

For assistance, contact the local Social Development offices, email or contact the call centre on 0800 089 666. A list of NGO coordinators is available on the DSD website on

For ECD services that have submitted applications on the Central Supplier Database (CSD) it is requested that these ECD services check their bank verification status to ensure that they have been successful. It is vital that the ECD services do this as the department will not be able to process any payments for ECD services where bank verification has not been successful.


Media enquiries may be forwarded to Ms Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067or