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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.

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:

Types of projects that will be considered:


The following specific criteria are required by applicants:

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

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:

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:

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

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