Improving the Home Learning Environment grants

5 June 2018

The Education Endowment Foundation and Department for Education are looking to fund and evaluate early years education projects focussed on improving the home learning environment, in order to improve the learning and development of children from low-income families aged 0 to 5.

Funding is available to deliver programmes in the north of England (defined as one of the following three English regions: the North East, the North West, or Yorkshire and the Humber).

The funder is interested in proposals that will:

  • Support improvements in the early home learning environment for children up to the age of 5, in the north of England;
  • Through changes to the home environment, improve children’s outcomes in one or more of the following areas: language; literacy; early numeracy; social and emotional development and/or self-regulation;
  • Narrow the development gap/’word gap’ between socio-economically disadvantaged pupils and their peers at (or before) age 5;

In addition, proposals should:

  • Be informed and supported by evidence of impacting on learning outcomes, particularly one or more of: language, literacy, early numeracy, social and emotional development and/or self-regulation.
  • Be practical, cost-effective and scalable.
  • Be willing and able to be independently evaluated.
  • Be clear how they will support children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Is this the right fund for my group?

This is not a source of funding for ongoing delivery of existing programmes. "If successful, you will be required to work with new settings and families that you have not previously worked with, and to collaborate with an independent evaluation team who will work with you to design a robust evaluation."

Projects in one or a small number of settings are not eligible for funding. "Our smallest projects have been in 10 to 20 settings, but are typically in more than 50, and often over 100 settings. Some applicants may propose working directly with families (i.e. not via settings) – in most cases we would expect them to reach at least 200 children."


Please read the guidance notes before completing the application form.

The deadline for applications is 27 July 2018 (5pm).


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