Last days to apply for "Holiday Activities and Eat Well Fund"
Telford & Wrekin Council is again offering grant funding to support organisations that want to host free holiday activities to help families who receive Free School Meals or are on low income, to cope with the financial pressure of the school holidays.
Telford & Wrekin Council “Holiday Activities and Eat Well Fund” follows last year’s successful pilot scheme which increased access to holiday activities and nutritious meals, with the aim of reducing the pressure felt by families, reducing social isolation, maintaining and improving health of participants and supporting children to be ready for the start of the new school term.
The Council has made £50,000 available for charities and voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises, town and parish councils, schools and faith based organisations to run holiday activities with nutritious food for children and young people in 11 wards across the borough.
Details about the grant and how to submit your interest are available at www.telford.gov.uk/haewfund
The deadline for applications is Monday, 27 May.
Councillor Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council said: “Last year the Council provided funding to five organisations to help them offer holiday activities and healthy meals for children and their families, who were impacted by the financial strains created during the school holidays.
“Based on the positive feedback received from organisations and parents, we’re extending the scheme this year so many more children can benefit during school holidays, when some families struggle to make ends meet.
“We encourage eligible organisations to apply for this scheme in the following wards: Arleston, Brookside, Dawley & Aqueduct, Donnington, Hadley & Leegomery, Ketley & Overdale, Madeley & Sutton Hill, Malinslee & Dawley Bank, Oakengates & Ketley Bank, The Nedge and Woodside."
This initiative is one of a number of schemes funded by a one-off £3.6 million fund announced earlier this year, following changes to the Council’s finances including a one-off VAT refund.
These include an additional £1m for Pride in Our High Streets, £1m to regenerate some of the borough’s older estates, £500k to tackle issues on two of Telford’s biggest new housing estates, £300k to help improve public transport and £100k to improve rights of way in the borough.