The Temporary Restrictions Fund (TRF), provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Aberdeen City Council will make temporary financial support available to those services who are currently only permitted to operate for vulnerable children or those of key workers.
The TRF will help childcare providers in the private, voluntary and not for profit sectors, including out-of-school care providers, mitigate against the loss of private income incurred to comply with the current public health guidance in response to COVID-19.
Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund is now open to services that were open for key worker and vulnerable children over the period from 1-26 February 2021.
Additional Support Grant
Childcare providers are also eligible for the Additional Support Grant. This additional support grant is available irrespective of whether childcare providers were able to open in February or not.
The Additional Support Grant is available to all day care of children’s services, out of school care providers and childminders registered as caring for 12 or more children at a time.
Applications for the additional support should apply through Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund applications form. There will be an extra tick box to claim for the extra grant.
Please read the FAQs below for more information.
Who is eligible for the fund?
Grants are allocated to the following services if they are open for key worker and vulnerable children over the restrictions period from 1-26 February 2021:
- Services registered with the Care Inspectorate as being ‘day care of children’ and ‘private or voluntary/not-for-profit’ services (operating at any registered capacity); or
- A ‘childminding service’ currently caring for 12 or more children at a time;
- Have a business bank account.
This includes ELC settings, regardless of the fact that from 22 February those settings can reopen to all children under school age.
The Additional Support Grant is a one-grant irrespective of the number of weeks settings were open/closed. Its amounts only vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in settings.
Level of grants
The grants are determined by the number of registered places that an eligible setting/service has with the Care Inspectorate. There are 6 different categories of grant reflecting size bands of settings/services.
The table below sets out the grant values for settings that were closed, and for settings that were open for 1 week; 2 weeks; 3 weeks; and in all weeks of the 4 week restrictions period.
These values also include the one-off Additional Support Grant.
||Setting closed - Additional Support Grant (ASG) only||Setting open 1 week + ASG||Setting open 2 weeks + ASG||Setting open 3 weeks +ASG||Setting open 4 weeks +ASG|
How to apply
The fund opened on 5 March 2021 and the last date for submitting a grant application for the first period of restriction will be 1 April 2021.
Applicants are encouraged to read the FAQ’s below before completing the application form.
Providers should also read the Privacy Notice before registering.
To apply to the Temporary Restrictions Fund:
Further information on the Temporary Restrictions Fund is also available at: Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector
If you have further questions regarding the Fund please direct these to the Early Years Team at TRFund@aberdeencity.gov.uk