Early Years Capital Fund 2017
Information for local authorities about the outcomes from the 2017 Early Years Capital Fund bidding round
Local authority capital award: outcome
On 21 June eligible local authorities were invited to bid for capital funding to expand childcare provision in their area (including schools that currently offer, or plan to offer, provision for 3- and 4-year-olds).
Eligible local authorities were invited to submit applications setting out individual projects in their area by 31 August 2016. The priority of this fund is to target areas within local authorities (LAs) most in need of capital funding to deliver 30 hours places by September 2017. Further information on assessment criteria is available.
Applications have now been assessed and the department has published the list of successful projects.
While the original amount available in this bid round was £40m, we have now secured £10m in additional funding from other sources. We are therefore pleased to announce this award of £50m funding to a range of projects from a variety of providers, which represent the diversity of the market and the government’s clear commitment to delivering 30 hours free childcare. This substantial investment, alongside an uplift in the national average revenue funding rate for 3 and 4 year olds to £4.94 an hour will enable providers to deliver 30 hours free childcare care on a sustainable basis. LAs with approved projects will receive their grant award within financial year 2016-17.
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Published: 10 January 2017
From: Education Funding Agency