The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Liverpool City Region’s childcare and care home businesses including a fall in demand alongside an increase in costs to manage within a Covid safe environment.
As a direct response to the challenges these businesses are facing, a new fund, the LCR Care Providers’ Grant, has been created by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
The grant will be administered by each of the six local authorities that form the Combined Authority, namely Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
The grant opens on 4th May 2021 and will close on Tuesday 18th May 2021.
Who is eligible?
The following businesses are eligible for the Care Providers Grant:
- Registered Childminders
- Registered Out of School Clubs
- Registered Day Care Nursery/ pre-school provision
- Registered Care Home (Adults)
All businesses must be an Ofsted registered childcare provider or CQC registered adult care home provider.
Operational premises must be based in the Liverpool City Region, currently trading and continuing to trade with a view to making a profit or surplus (i.e. not a dormant company).
All businesses must be a small or micro business (as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006) and be able to accept the grant under Covid-19 Business Grant Subsidy Allowance rules
All businesses must employ 1 or more people (a sole director, or self-employed counts as 1 staff employee).
Full details and eligibility criteria can be found on Sefton Council’s website
(Source: Sefton Council)