New Guidance for Assisted Places 2015/2016
The Assisted Places Grant supports the improvement in the welfare or quality of life of the child by providing access to CSSIW registered, quality childcare placements and to support a child’s social development or to address a child’s emerging needs. The grant will pay the childcare fees and/or 1:1 support for individual children to access sessional childcare at an approved childcare setting for an initial period of one term. Some families may be eligible to apply for both the childcare fees and the 1:1 support elements of the grant. For more informaton please click on the below application forms and guidance.

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A-Z to Finding Funding
Sure Start and Daycare Trust have produced an A-Z to Finding Funding: Directory of Funding for Early Years Education and Childcare (July 2003). If you haven't caught up with it yet, email to request your free copy. Lots of the information applies to funding for work with families with children of all ages and it contains some useful descriptions of initiatives.

Big Lottery Fund
The name of the new lottery distributor responsible for giving out half of all lottery good cause money will be the Big Lottery Fund. It will be by far the largest and most visible of the distributors. It will be a single point of contact involving the public in the big choices about how to award half of all lottery grants. It will support communities in securing and spending lottery grants for their benefit. The Big Lottery Fund will take over the functions of the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund. It comes as part of the process of reform which builds on the success of the lottery by making it easier to apply for grants and giving the public more of a say in where lottery money is spent.

The Co-operative Community Fund
Over the past 10 years Co-operative members have donated more than £7m to the Community Fund, allowing hundreds of local groups, projects, community groups, self-help organisations and charities nationwide to benefit. For more information and how to apply for the fund visit The Co-operative Community Fund.

Childminder Start-up Grant
All newly registered child minders should be eligible for a start up grant of up to £300. This includes the NCMA 'Quality Start' Package at a cost of £138.45 per childminder. The remainder of the grant (£161.55) can be put towards purchasing any items identified as essential to meet requirements of registration.

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