Transitional Support Fund for Childcare Providers

The Transitional Support Fund, provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Aberdeen City Council will provide one-off grants of between £1500 and £8000 to private, voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, including out-of-school care providers. 

Eligible settings can apply for a grant to help them to meet the extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance in response to COVID-19.

This Fund will provide important support to settings in the private, voluntary and not-for-profit sector to enable them to reopen in line with the public health guidance.  

The level of grant available to each setting is based on a setting’s registered capacity with the Care Inspectorate, ranging from £1500 to up to £8000. 

Registered Capacity

Grant Value

1-10 places £1,500
11-25 places £3,500
26-50 places £5,500
51-75 places £6,750
76-100 places £7,500
101+ places £8,000

To be eligible, settings must also confirm that they have already reopened or confirm that they will have reopened by Monday 7 September.

Aberdeen City Council will administer a total of £501,000 in funding for Childcare providers across the city to support them to adhere to public health guidance. 

How to apply

The fund is open from 3rd September 2020 and last date for submitting a grant application is Friday 9th October 2020. 

Applicants are encouraged to read the FAQ’s below before completing the application form

Providers should also read the Privacy Notice before registering.


Contact us

If  you have  further questions regarding the fund please direct these to the Early Years Team at 

Further information on the Transitional Support Fund is also available on the Scottish Government website.

You need to be registered with the Care Inspectorate as being: 

  • a ‘day care of children’ service; and 
  • a ‘Private’ or ‘Voluntary or Not For Profit’ service.

This includes private and voluntary settings delivering out of school care; childcare settings in independent schools; and outdoor childcare settings. You will also need to confirm that your setting has already reopened or confirm that your setting will have reopened by Monday 7 September. 

No, the Scottish Government is working with SCMA on additional support for Childminders.

Yes, grants are available to all childcare settings who meet the eligibility criteria above, regardless of whether they deliver the funded early learning and childcare entitlement.

Yes, you can claim for each setting that meets the eligibility criteria set out above. 

Grant amounts vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in your setting, as set out in the table below. 

Registered Capacity

Grant Value

1-10 places £1,500
11-25 places £3,500
26-50 places £5,500
51-75 places £6,750
76-100 places £7,500
101+ places £8,000

The grant is intended to help your setting to meet the extra costs incurred in order to operate your service in line with the public health guidance for the sector. For example, the grants could help with extra costs for: 

  • Increased cleaning; 
  •  Investment in additional equipment and developing outdoor space, to enable more outdoor learning; and  
  • Adaptations to support the physical distancing of adults in settings (e.g. changes to entrance and exit areas, additional signage, etc)

One-off grants will be available to all private and third sector childcare providers, not just those delivering funded early learning and childcare (including out of school care providers), if they: 

  • are private or voluntary settings registered as Day Care of Children with the Care Inspectorate (please note that this does not include childminding services); 
  • have reopened or intend to reopen by Monday 7 September; 
  • were not in financial difficulty before 31 December 2019, with the exception of micro and small businesses 
  • have not received support exceeding the €800,000 support ceiling under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK measure;(for information on guidance on state aid please visit Transitional Support Fund
  • have a business bank account. 

The deadline for applications to the Transitional Support Fund is 9 October 2020.

  • This Scheme is administered by Local Authorities. 
  • Applicants with multiple settings are required to submit separate applications for each individual eligible setting using single login via bisaccount. 
  • Information provided by an applicant will be verified against other information sources held by your Council. This will assist timely application processing, fraud prevention and for auditing purposes. 
  • Councils will aim to make payment within 28 days from receipt of a fully completed application and once all information and evidence in support of an application has been verified. Applications may be subject to delay if incomplete or incorrect details are supplied. 
  • If a grant is awarded on the basis of false or inaccurate information, it may result in arrangements being made to recover the award, and legal proceedings being initiated. 
  • Before you apply, you will need to upload a copy of a scanned recent bank statement (detailing business transactions) or image of the nominated online account dated within 3 months of the application date. Please ensure you have this ready before you begin. 

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