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Margate Early Years Community Fund

The Margate Early Years Community Fund (MEYCF) was launched in 2023, following high levels of engagement with similar funding made available to the local early years community in 2022 which had a huge impact for the recipient organisations and hundreds of local families. You can find out more about innovation projects previously funded and supported by MELC here.

The fund aims to invest in small-scale innovation that supports the local early years community to test and learn from a new approach to addressing a gap in existing local services, as well as to trial a new approach to service design and delivery that is community-led and supports long-term shifts in the local early years system, for the benefit of children and families. ‘Innovation’ in this context refers to a product or service (or an adaptation of an existing product or service) that can be measured in some way to understand its impact.

Application process

Prospective applicants should read through this overview document in full before filling in our online application form here. Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact Mary Norton, Early Learning Community Lead at m.norton@savethechildren.org.uk before submitting an application, to discuss their project idea and assess its suitability for the fund.

Following submission, applications will be reviewed by the MELC team and members of our Working Groups (made up of a range of professionals from across local early years services). Applicants should expect to hear back on the status of their funding application within approximately 3 months and should not expect to start delivery of their project until at least 1-2 months after this, to allow time for completion of paperwork and the receipt of funds.

There is no deadline for the receipt of applications, as the fund is open to applicants on a rolling basis. If we are unable to support further projects at any point due to a lack of funds, we will close our application form and update the information on this page to reflect this.

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