CHILDCARE businesses in Pembrokeshire who have experienced a drop in income due to Covid-19 can now apply for a new Childcare Providers Grant.
The scheme is available for CIW-registered childcare businesses like day nurseries, playgroups and crèches who haven’t been able to access other government support packages.
Most businesses will be eligible for a grant of up to £2,500. Subject to criteria, some may be eligible for a grant of up to £5,000.
Full details, including how to apply, are available at https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support/childcare-providers-grant
The one-off grant is being offered by Pembrokeshire County Council thanks to funding from the Welsh Government and applications are open until the fund is fully committed or 31st October 2020, whichever is earlier.
Applications will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.
It is designed to help providers meet the additional financial burdens they have faced since March. Many settings have seen a drop in income while continuing to meet costs such as rent, utilities and unmet wage costs.
Steven Richard-Downes, Director for Education, said the grant will provide dedicated support for the childcare sector.
“This essential sector provides not only provides services to families but also supports the local economy and skills agenda in Pembrokeshire,” he said. “We’re pleased to offer this much-needed financial lifeline.”