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The Food Academy – Grant Funding to support your early years business

Exciting News!! For those childminders and nurseries who are within Leicester and/or Leicestershire and meet the grant criteria you may be eligible to access our support package and the purchase of the Thermomix as a capital investment for your business.

If you don’t know what a Thermomix is please take a look at our video below. This device will change your life and your business. We can show you in person via a Thermomix demo just how amazing this is, or we can arrange a virtual demonstration.

The Grant application form is attached in the lesson below along with some guidance documents we have prepared for you, here’s a brief overview: –

This is a one-off grant of £2,500 for eligible businesses.  No match funding is required however, LLEP will be more supportive of applications where the business is contributing to overall costs.  You must have been trading for at least 6 months and be a limited company, limited liability partnership, partnership, sole trader, franchise or social enterprise. You must have a business bank account.

We have provided a grant application guidance document to help you with this form – please pick either the childminder support document or the nursery support document to find text that will help you complete the most appropriate grant application for your business.

Whichever option you choose for your grant application you will need to include quotes in your application, please contact us individually to get these.

If you need any help reading through or with any aspects of your application please contact us.

To calculate your carbon footprint for the Output/Input section this calculator is quite helpful, it will probably ask you to look through the utility bills and input the total number to calculate your footprint.

If you are outside of the geographical area you may wish to pursue grants within your local area via the Come and let us know if you find any!

If you were looking to invest in the capital purchase of a Thermomix you can purchase this as a one off investment for larger settings or for as little as £29.86 a month for self-employed early years professionals. We can help you with these conversations and with showing you via an in-person or virtual cooking and usage demonstration.


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