Deadline to apply for grant funding approaches
Organisations in Telford and Wrekin have until 31 May to apply to a grant scheme aiming to help keep children healthy and happy during the school holidays.
A substantial funding pot of £780,000 is up for grabs as part of Telford & Wrekin Council's Happy Healthy and Active Holidays scheme.
The scheme aims to help nearly 7,000 children from low-income families and those with special education needs and disabilities to stay healthy and active through holiday clubs during the summer and Christmas.
The council is not only looking for organisations that can host clubs or supply healthy meals; organisations that can run fun activities, such as sports, arts and crafts, nature or cooking activities, should apply as well.
Organisations that can provide healthy meals or fun activities, such as sports, arts & crafts, nature or cooking, should apply.
Councillor Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Visitor Economy, said: "There are several reasons why an organisation should apply, and we want as many applications as possible.
"We want to hear from you: if you have facilities that could host activities, if you are you a sports club or coaching provider, if you provide nature or arts and crafts activities, or if you can provide healthy eating and taking part in cooking activities.
"If you have skills to provide sessions for children with special educational needs and disabilities, we also want to hear from you.
"The holidays can be a difficult time for many families, particularly financially, and some children can feel isolated.
"That's why we've supported community groups to provide holiday activities and nutritious meals to children for several years now.
"With additional funding from the Department of Education, we can now make this project borough-wide and put on even more holiday clubs than ever before.
"These holiday clubs help keep children entertained, eating healthy meals and getting ready for the start of the new school term."
The Department of Education has provided £841,555 to Telford & Wrekin Council to support the Happy Healthy and Active Holidays scheme.
Organisations interested in applying for a grant to run holiday clubs in Telford and Wrekin should visit www.telford.gov.uk/hhahgrant.