We offer grants to qualified Froebelian educators to support them in their ongoing work and to help them share their expertise with others.

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

June 2021 update: Please note that the deadline for applications has now passed. The deadline for receipt of applications was 4pm on 17 June 2021.

Froebel Trust 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. Froebel Trust grant funds run on an annual cycle and are always advertised on our website and social media channels.

About the 2021 grant

Grants of between £3000 and £5000 are available this year. Successful grant applicants will be expected to begin their funded projects between 1 September 2021 and 31 January 2022.

Applications are welcomed from 9am on 17 May 2021. The closing date for applications for this year's grant fund is at 4pm on Thursday 17 June 2021.

The criteria for this small grant requires 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 is in our guidance for grant applicants.

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.

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

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their grant application in mid-July 2021.

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 and recent grant awards in our latest Froebel Trust Annual Review

- 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 upon and contributes to 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 2021

The standard Froebel Trust Grant Offer and Terms and Conditions (introduced in December 2019)

About making changes to your Froebel Trust grant

Recent examples of practitioner support grants awarded:

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