Educational catch up grant

This grant is closed for applications.


There has been significant impact on children and young people with education and opportunities being severely disrupted over the past year due to Covid-19. Children have missed out on half an academic year of face-to-face teaching, and opportunities for socialising and development.

The aims of this project are to improve the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and to support those with attendance issues who are finding a return to face to face schooling difficult and as a result, in the long term, to improve educational outcomes of pupils.

Who could apply?

Applications were accepted from Herefordshire maintained schools and academies and early years provisions, including childminders, based in Herefordshire. Each educational setting could only apply for one of the four grants available.

What could the grant be used for?

There are four grant streams:

1. Access to the Thrive programme - a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development

This grant can be used to purchase a number of Thrive training courses including: Leading Emotionally Healthy Primary or Secondary Schools, Early Years Licensed Practitioner, Childhood Early Practitioner or Adolescence Licensed Practitioner. Each organisation can apply for funding to train up to two people at a total cost overall cost of £1,650 per organisation.

2. Training to educational establishments for delivery of the Forest Schools programme

Participants will achieve the Level 3 Forest Schools Leader Qualification at the end of the course. Each organisation can apply for funding to train up to two people at a cost of £775 plus VAT per person (where VAT can be reclaimed the grant will be at net cost).

3. Making Every Interaction Count: Connecting research, and evidence based Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) tools, with practice focused on improving communication and language outcomes and developing high quality learning environments

By the end of the course participants will have a deeper understanding about the importance of communication and language development, how young children learn language and what we can do to support that learning. Understand how we can use evidence-based tools to evaluate our practice and support quality improvement. Each organisation can apply for funding to train between two and four people.

4. Grants of up to £3,000 to develop outdoor areas in schools and early years settings

These should be natural areas and examples of what these might include are: planting and growing areas, natural seating areas for intervention work, sensory gardens, forest school areas, wild areas, nature areas, safe enclosed spaces. This grant is not for play equipment.

Further details are contained in the grant information leaflet on the eligible areas and what you needed to achieve with your project.

If you have a query regarding either Forest School or ECERS grants please contact Emily Garner on 07792 880572 or at If you have a query about either the Thrive or the outdoor spaces grants please contact Alison Naylor on 01432 261661 or at

Deadline for applications

The closing date for applications was 12 noon on Friday 15 October 2021.