Grants available for OSCAR providers

OSCAR providers can apply for a grant to help cover some of their operating costs.


Applications for this grant are now closed. We'll update this page with details of when and how to apply when applications are open.

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  • Who can get it

    You may be able to get a grant to help cover some of your operating costs if:

    Your programme also needs to meet the operating hours and attendance requirements.

    Minimum weekly number of hours Minimum daily average attendees
    Before-school 5 5
    After-school 10 10
    Holiday programmes* 30 10

    *Holiday programmes must be run for at least 4 weeks a year, with at least 1 of those weeks in each school holiday period.


    The average attendance is worked out by taking the total number of children who actually attended each day and dividing this by the number of days the programme operated for the period.

    What counts as attendance

    Attendance includes:

    • children actually at the programme
    • public holidays where the child would have otherwise attended on that day
    • children temporarily away for any reason, but due back within 3 weeks
    • children temporarily away because of ill health for up to 6 weeks, who have either provided a medical certificate, or receive Child Disability Allowance or Group Special Education funding
  • What you can get

    How much you get depends on the number of children you have attending your programme.

    You may be eligible for a top up grant if your programmes operate in a low socio-economic or isolated area, have fluctuating attendance due to seasonal work or needing to relocate as a result of a civil defence emergency.

  • How to apply

    Applications for this grant closed on 30 September 2019.

    We'll update this page with details of when and how to apply when applications are open.

  • What happens next

    The panel will consider all applications by Wednesday 14 October 2020, and we’ll let you now the outcome by Wednesday 21 October 2020.

    We’ll send contracts by 30 November 2020. We’ll pay the grants from 1 November 2020, and they will be backdated to 1 July 2020. Please note that funding will be allocated according to funding availability.