Fund title: Childcare Business Grants

Focus of fund/fund aims:

To support the establishment of new childcare businesses. The scheme will close to new applicants on 31 March 2019.

Application deadline:

31 March 2019

Fund description:

The Childcare Business Grants help people with the costs of setting up a childminding business in England. The scheme is due to close permanently at the end of March 2019 but currently offers:

  • A higher level of award (£1,000) for childminders who care for children with SEN/D and for new Childminder Agencies (CMAs)
  • A universal award of £300 for new childminders across England;
  • New childminders in local authorities identified as facing challenges around rurality and disadvantage – this currently includes Devon – qualify for a locality supplement of £200 to the universal award, providing a total grant of £500.

To be eligible, applicants need to:

  • be registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency for less than three months
  • have an early years registration certificate
  • offer the 30 hours of childcare entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds (either individually or in partnership with other providers)

There is more information and guidance in the ‘Help‘ section of the website.

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