£4m for Wales’ Childcare Providers Impacted by Coronavirus

£4m for Wales’ Childcare Providers Impacted by Coronavirus

The Childcare Providers Grant will offer dedicated funding for Wales’ childcare sector to help more providers affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to re-open as the schools return in September.

The scheme offers one-off grants to help providers meet the additional financial burdens they have faced since March, with many settings experiencing a reduction in income.

Grants will be targeted at settings that have been unable to access other business support schemes offered by the UK and Welsh Governments.

The programme has a £4 million funding pot available for distribution. Most providers will be eligible for a one-off grant of £2,500 to meet costs such as rent, utilities and unmet wages.

To qualify, providers should be operating in Wales as a company limited by guarantee, a private limited company, a Community Interest Company or a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, said:

‘Ensuring the availability of formal childcare places is instrumental to our recovery and I am pleased we are able to offer this vital lifeline to those in the sector who have fallen through the other support measures.’

Applications open on 24 August 2020. The deadline to apply will be 31 October 2020.

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