West Sussex Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) Application

Closed 28 Feb 2021

Opened 3 Feb 2021


West Sussex County Council have secured £500,000 for early years and childcare providers who offer Free Entitlement (FE) places to help with the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 crisis. This is a temporary package of financial support in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This financial support is separate to the early years entitlement funding and is from the West Sussex Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF).

The grants aim to help address the increased costs of running your setting due to the pandemic and other issues that providers face in ensuring their premises are safe for children and staff in order to offer high quality care and learning in these exceptional times. Possible uses for the grant could include:

• Cleaning supplies/deep cleaning of the childcare environment.

• Purchase of supplies and resources where a risk of cross-contamination exists.

• To support with any additional costs that have been incurred as a result of the pandemic.

Please read the grant information sheet at the bottom of this page, carefully before completing the application to ensure your request for funding meets the grant criteria. 

Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate how the grant can be used to offset the logistical costs of running their provision during the pandemic and any funding awarded will be proportionate to the time the provision was open throughout the different restrictions.

Why we are consulting

Accessibility Statement:

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 Data Protection Statement:

The Children, Young People and Learning department will use this survey to collect some personal data (e.g. name) in order to fullfil an obligation to process(COMF) Applications.   We will ensure that your personal data is processed fairly and lawfully in accordance with the 2018 Data Protection Act, the General Data Protection Regulations and any subsequent related legislation.  Your data will be kept securely in electronic format for a period of up to six months after which it will be appropriately destroyed.  West Sussex County Council (WSCC) complies with the Data Protection Act and the GDPR and is registered as a ‘Data Controller’ with the Information Commissioner’s Office (Reg. No. Z6413427).Further details can be found on our website at:  www.westsussex.gov.uk/privacy-policy


  • Adur District
  • Arun District
  • Chichester District
  • Crawley Borough
  • Horsham District
  • Mid Sussex District
  • Worthing Borough


  • Children
  • Childcare Providers


  • Children & Young People