New Childcare Business Grants (Free)

What is the grant available for?

The new Childcare Business Grants Scheme has been introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It is to encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses.

Further information and answers to FAQs can be found at:

Capital or Revenue or both?


Percentage of Project Cost

Not specified.

Eligibility Criteria

These grants are to support the establishment of new childcare businesses.

If you are already running a childcare business of any sort, you are not eleigible for a grant, even if you intend to use the grant to start a new nursery on new premises.

Please be aware that schools, either independent, privat or public who are planning to start an after school club, breakfast club or other childcare facility on school premises and run by the school are not eiligible to apply for this grant.

Delivery targets and required outcomes

The project should result in the provision of a new childcare facility.

Grant amounts available

A flat rate start-up grant of:

• £250 for new childminding businesses setting up in England (those who are looking after one or more children to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward and for a total of more than 2 hours in any day);

• £500 for new childminding businesses, as above, that will provide care for disabled children (applicants will need to demonstrate that they have incurred additional expenditure in setting up their business as a result of this);

• £500 for new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.

Who provides the grant?

New Childcare Business Grants is a Government initiative.

How to Apply

Please view the application guidance and download/read the guidance notes before downloading and completing the application form .

Contact Information:

Childcare Business Grants Scheme
PO Box 894
NP20 9NE

Telephone numbers:
01633 652143
0844 2642546