Hampshire County Council Grants

Services for Young Children revenue grant to increase 2 year old childcare places

Grant Purpose

The purpose of this grant is to develop and secure new or additional early education places for two year olds who have a disability, special needs or are from lower income households in Hampshire.

The full Application Pack should be read in its entirety before applying together with discussing your project with your local Hampshire County Council Services for Young Children Childcare Development and Business Officer (contact details within application pack).

When to apply

The Hampshire corporate grant process will be followed and applicants will be required to submit a Grant Application Form together with any other required documents as outlined in the guidance notes and application pack.

Application Deadline


Midnight 14 February 2016

Successful applicants will be informed end of February 2016

Applications received after the deadline for application or incomplete applications will be disqualified. Grant approvals will be notified by email where possible.

Proposals must show clearly where and when spending will occur.

Any application for projects must demostrate they will be completed 31 March 2016.

Eligibility and criteria and who can apply

Hampshire County Council is committed to developing high quality early years and childcare provision and to make sure this revenue grant is available to all eligible providers without discrimination, through an open, fair and inclusive process.

Please refer to the guidance notes and application pack when completing the application form.

Who can apply:

New or existing registered early years and childcare providers (providers are considered those that deliver the full Early Years Foundation Stage) in the private, voluntary and independent sector, together with schools and academies, that are committed to delivering services to meet the long term 2 year old childcare needs within the local authority and community which they serve and identify projects that will:

  • Increase the number and/or improve the take up of places for 2 year olds at their setting;
  • Increase the number of available hours for 2 year olds that can be delivered to make provision more sustainable;
  • Enable quality to be improved or improved services offered to 2 year old children who have a disability, special needs or, are from lower income families.

Types of projects that will be considered:

  • Non capital refurbishment/minor works within a building to create more useable and flexible space resulting in an increased number of 2 year old places;
  • Non capital equipment or adaptations to provide greater accessibility and inclusion of 2 year old children;
  • Resources and/or changes to the environment that specifically helps to deliver a quality curriculum for 2 year olds.
  • Provides rural providers some financial contribution to maintain places where access to 2 year old places is limited


The following specific criteria are required by applicants:

  • Be an Ofsted registered setting achieving good or higher at their last inspection.  Settings rated satisfactory must be approved by the Council, engage in the Improvement Support Programme and show evidence of effective self-evaluation highlighting commitment to continuous improvement, for example Early Years Childhood Environment Rating Scales & the Infant, Toddler Environmental Rating Scales.
  • Settings must be an approved provider for Early Years Education (EYE) in the Hampshire local authority area and be fully compliant with the Terms & Conditions
  • Applications must demonstrate provision of new or additional places that cater for unmet demand or where there are identified geographical gaps in the 2 year old free entitlement offer in Hampshire – see Annex A of the

    application pack

  • Provide evidence that the proposed expenditure will increase the long term availability of 2 year old free entitlement places or enable the setting to increase opening or care times.
  • Be fully involved in integrated services delivery through their local children’s centre.
  • Demonstrate that the organisation agrees to promote and support family access to the local children’s centres.
  • For minor works, where buildings are not owned by the provider occupying them, the project must be developed in consultation with and agreement from the owner of the premises. Any lease or license agreement must be for a minimum of 10 years and demonstrate that these arrangements, including rental costs, do not oppose the flexible delivery of integrated childcare services. A copy of the license or lease agreement(s) and owner approval in principle, must be submitted if any funding is awarded.
  • Evidence appropriate project and health & safety management capabilities or arrangements to meet the expenditure deadline and requirement to have agreed places available by September 2016.

Where there are competing applications for the limited funding, priority will be given to those applications that:

  • Best serve the eligible 2 year old families with regards to location, opening times, accessibility and quality together with continuation of EYE as 3 and 4 year olds;
  • Provide simple, cost effective and long term solutions that can be delivered and ready for April 2016;
  • Provide best value for money in terms of additional places/hours per pound funding required – appreciation of rurality issues will be taken into account when scrutinising value for money.

All grant awards will be subject to a revenue grant agreement and grants in excess of £5000 will be subject to clawback conditions and legal charge established where appropriate.

Proposals should contain evidence of value for money, ideally including evidence of funding sought from other sources and development of a fundraising strategy (if necessary and applicable). There is only limited funding and grants will only be given to settings who show a clear need for financial assistance.

Please note: whilst there is no specified or required funding contribution for projects, there is an expectation that applicants can demonstrate an allocation of their own funds or resources towards projects.  

If successful the organisation must:

  • Sign and return the Services for Younger Children (2YO) Revenue Grant Agreement (example of this Agreement can be found in the

    application pack

  • Provide evidence of any local authority planning permission or build control requirements before starting any works or spending any grant funding
  • Consult with the Council in respect of any proposed changes to the agreed works before they are implemented and any variations to the grant purpose must be agreed in advance with the Council.

Financial eligibility

Grants are generally a contribution to core costs or service/project costs. We may expect your organisation to secure additional funding from other sources, to contribute to the costs in kind (through volunteer time, for example), or both. In the current financial climate it is most essential that projects or organisations applying for funding are able to demonstrate a direct and demonstrable, cost effective impact on the criteria outlined above.

Who we can not fund:

  • Organisations already commissioned for the same works/activity via a contract or grant agreement from Hampshire County Council

  • Services provided solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight, Southampton City Council or outside Hampshire, which do not support children and young people living in Hampshire.

If you are in any doubt as to whether your project qualifies, we would recommend that you speak to your Childcare Development and Business Officer before submitting an application.

Application assessment and recommendation

Application and assessment information is outlined in the application pack.

Payment and Monitoring of grant

Payment and monitoring of the grant will be as outlined in the application pack.

Apply nowApplication guidance notes and online form



Grant Administrator
Services for Young Children
Hampshire County Council
4th Floor, Elizabeth II Court North
The Castle, Winchester
SO23 8UG