We offer grants to qualified Froebelian educators to support them in their work and to help them share their expertise with others. Application closing date was 11 May 2022.

In 2019-2020 the Froebel Trust Practitioner Support Grants awarded ranged in value from £3210 to £5000.

Our 2022 call for applications opened on 4 April 2022 and closed on 11 May 2022.

Froebel Trust Practice Development Grants (formerly called Practitioner Support Grants) are available to early years settings and schools in the UK which are interested in further developing an aspect of Froebelian practice. This includes childminder networks and collaborations.

These grants support settings' work with young children and their families and communities.

About the 2022 grant

Grants of between £3000 and £5000 are available this year. Successful grant applicants will be expected to begin their funded projects between September 2022 and 31 January 2023.

The criteria for this small grant require that one member of the management team, plus one other practitioner, must have already completed one of the Froebel Trust endorsed courses.

Further details about eligibility are in our guidance for grant applicants.

Please have a look at frequently asked questions about the grant scheme before applying.

We are particularly keen to welcome applications from settings working with under-represented communities and with those families worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and societal inequalities.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a grant from the Froebel Trust in previous years.

Key dates

4 April 2022: Online portal open for applications.

6 April 2022 (6.30pm): Zoom meeting for anyone interested in applying for a grant.
Email office@froebeltrust.org.uk by 4pm on 5 April to receive the link to join us. We will be online for one hour to offer guidance and answer your questions.

5 May 2022 (8.30am): Zoom meeting for anyone applying for a grant.
Email office@froebeltrust.org.uk by 4pm on 4 May to receive the link to join us. We will be online for one hour to offer guidance and answer your questions.

11 May 2022 (at 4pm UK time): Deadline for submitting an application.

13 June 2022: Applicants will hear whether they have been awarded a grant.

Successful projects must begin between August 2022 and March 2023.

We expect projects to take 12-18 months to complete and hope that all the projects will have lasting, positive effects.

How to apply

Please read the grant application guidance before completing the online grant application form.

If you are interested in applying for a grant:

- have a look at examples of Froebel Trust funded projects

- you may also find it helpful to consult our suggested reading list.

Each of our grants and bursary schemes has different criteria, but the overarching theme that runs through all the work we support, is that it builds on and advances knowledge and understanding of Froebelian philosophy, principles and approaches.

The Trust does not privilege particular methodologies or disciplines.

If you have any further questions about the grant application process, please contact us at office@froebeltrust.org.uk

Key information/ downloads for applicants

Guidance for applicants 2022

Frequently asked questions about Practice Development Grants

The standard Froebel Trust Grant Offer and Terms and Conditions

About making changes to your Froebel Trust grant

In 2021, we awarded grants for the following projects:

  • Developing gardening to set up a sustainable gardening eco-schools project focusing on help from the local community, creating an edible garden & building a geodesic dome.
  • Collaborative, multi-strand development and exploration of a Froebelian approach to slow pedagogy in 3 settings.
  • Shared reading of key texts focusing on the role of play and creativity in relation to integrating elements of development and learning. Training for staff to work with clay and introducing this resource to the children.

  • SEND & vulnerable children’s access to outdoors: training staff and making videos in community languages for families about the outdoors.
  • Developing woodwork and sewing.

In 2019-20, the projects we funded included:

Connect – a nursery community approach to play

Hope Cottage is the oldest maintained nursery in Edinburgh. In 2019, the Froebel Trust awarded the nursery a £3210 Froebel Trust Practitioner Support Grant to launch a new weekly family group at the nursery. The group introduces parents and carers to interactive songs inspired by Froebel's book, Mother Songs. The aim of the project is to build a supportive community, sharing knowledge and expertise as well as valuing the knowledge and expertise of parents/ carers.

A family garden

Ferguslie Early Childcare Centre was awarded a Froebel Trust Practitioner Support Grant of £5000 to develop a family garden involving the local community. The family garden gives children at the centre the chance to learn all about horticulture - from sowing to caring for and harvesting produce. The children learn to cook the produce they grow, create their own recipe cards and take part in family cooking groups.

Be inspired by some of the Froebel Trust funded projects featured in a session from our last conference in March 2021.

As an extension to our Froebelian approach, the introduction of woodwork has been amazing! It was the funding from the Froebel Trust that set us on our woodwork way - allowing staff to take specific and quality training, the purchase of a workbench, tools and an initial stock of balsa wood...

Alison J Hawkins
Wester Coates Nursery were awarded a Practitioner Support Grant in 2019 to develop the use of woodwork as a Froebelian Occupation in their nursery