Applications to apply are now closed.

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 LCR Care Providers’ Grant will be allocated quickly and efficiently, with the first funding to reach applicants within 10 working days of the application being approved, subject to the application being compliant.

Successful applicants will be notified by email, and payments will be made by BACS (payments usually take 3 working days to arrive in accounts). Due to the volume of applications expected, it may take several weeks to consider applications and for applicants to receive a decision.

An initial 'window' will open for receipt of applications for the Liverpool City Region Care Providers’ Grant on Tuesday 4 May 2021 and close on Tuesday 18 May 2021. In order to be considered, applications must be received before the window closes.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the application form and attach the required evidence, and we will not be able to chase individual businesses for supporting information if it is not included in the original application.

Incomplete applications will not be appraised. An application made during the ‘grant application window’ does not guarantee approval for payment.  Completed applications will be appraised in order of receipt by the local authority.


  • Registered Childminder; Registered Out of School Club; 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
  • 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 (see section 4 and 9 below)
  • Operational premises must be based in the Liverpool City Region
  • All businesses must be currently trading and continuing to trade with a view to making a profit or surplus (that is, not a dormant company)
  • All businesses must employ 1 or more people (a sole director, or self-employed counts as 1 staff employee)

Categories of business eligible to apply

Business Grant value
Registered Childminder £500
Registered Out of School Club £2,500
Registered Day Care Nursery/pre-school provision* £5,000
Registered Care Home (Adults)* £5,000

*Businesses can apply for one grant per property if they operate more than one premises within the local authority area. 

If your business operates premises in another local authority within Liverpool City Region (this encompasses Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral), and you would like those premises to be considered for this grant, you will need to submit a separate application to each local authority where the premises are located.

Grant payment

The aim is that the funding will reach applicants within 10 working days of an application being approved, with payment by BACS (a BACS payment can take up to 3 days to be received). Please note, due to the volume of applications expected, it may take several weeks to consider applications and for applicants to receive a decision.

Guidance Notes and Checklist for applicants

You must provide information and documents to support your grant application, so the checklist is to be used to help you gather the information before you start to complete the online application form.

It is essential that you read the accompanying Guidance Notes and Checklist. Please also read the accompanying Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice for this scheme.