Childcare Supplementary Grants

Objectives: To enable parents to attend conferences and other research schools, meetings or visits by making a supplementary contribution towards childcare costs

Eligibility: Any mathematician in the UK is eligible to apply for a grant. If the applicant is not a member then the application must be countersigned by an LMS member.


  • Candidates should first approach the institution or event (conference, school, research visit) organisers to see if any arrangements for funding childcare costs are in place, and contact other bodies for support, before applying for the LMS grants. It is the LMS view that institutions should make provision for childcare costs but, while this is not largely the case, the Society is willing to make a supplementary grant as a contribution to the costs.
  • Confirmation of participation and the extra childcare costs that will be incurred is required before payment of the grant can be made.
  • Applications are considered by the London Mathematical Society's Women in Mathematics Committee as they are received throughout the year.
  • Applications should be submitted normally one month prior to the event to allow sufficient time for the application to be processed.  Grants will not normally be made retrospectively.  In exceptional circumstances, retrospective applications may be considered.
  • Each case will be considered on its individual merits.
  • A report will be required after the conference or meeting has taken place.

Value of award: The maximum award is £200.


  • There are no set deadlines to receive applications - applications are considered all year round. 
  • Grants will not normally be made retrospectively.  In exceptional circumstances retrospective applications may be considered.
  • The Women in Mathematics Committee administers the Childcare Supplementary Grant Scheme and aim to respond to all applications within two months.

Queries regarding applications can be addressed to the Grants Administrator who will be pleased to discuss proposals informally with potential applicants and give advice on the submission of an application.

Grant Administrator:  Katy Henderson (email:; tel: 020 7927 0809).

Application Form:

Report Form

HMRC provides information and guidance for both employers and employees about tax contributions on employer-supported childcare.  This can be found on the HMRC website

HMRC's tax guide for Expenses and Benefits can be found here with guidance with regards to 'work related training' on page 22.  Further HMRC guidance can be found here, and information about childcare costs incurred during such training can be found here.  The University of Warwick's Equality and Diversity website contains information on its Conference Support Awards scheme and some information about this scheme in relation to Work Related Training which may be of use to other institutions.

Please note that the Society is unable to provide advice on any tax-related issues regarding childcare.  Please contact HMRC directly.