Grants and Support

Grant funded project - children at play

Grant Funded

This section provides information on financial assistance available to childcare providers through the Early Years Partnership, and support and guidance available locally and nationally.


Applications for financial assistance from the Childcare Strategy, Sure Start or Pre-school Education grants are open to early years/childcare providers (including childminders) who are registered by the Care Commission. However, non registered community groups may be eligible for Sure Start Funding.  In addition, organisations can apply for funding if the main beneficiaries of the grant are employed within childcare/early years in the Western Isles.

Terms and conditions of grant and application forms are available here, or by contacting the Early Years Partnership Office on 01851 822655.

Grant Criteria (2016/17) (138.7kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Early Years / Childcare Grant Application (143.9kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Childminder Grant Application (78.7kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)


Support and advice is available for groups, voluntary management committees and childminders from the following local authority and independent organisations:

Local and National support organisations