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Funding available for summer playschemes

Published Friday, 25 April 2014

Local groups and organisations that want to provide summer holiday activities for children and young people have just over a month to apply for funding from Wellingborough Council.

Grants of up to £440 are available for charities, voluntary organisations and schools to help them run holiday projects that bring social and educational benefits to school-aged children.

Gill Chapman, Community Support Manager at Wellingborough Council, said: "Local organisations can apply to us for financial help as they start to plan their summer holiday activities.

"We have specific aims and criteria that have to be met when applying for the grants. We need applicants to show us that their projects will give children the chance to be healthy, and that they will be accessible for all. We also want projects to promote the wide cultural diversity we have in the borough, and we'd like the activities to offer children the chance to develop their education in a social setting.

"We're trying to encourage more out-of-school schemes in the area and we'd welcome applications from any organisation that's interested in running something over the summer holidays."

All playschemes that get grant assistance must operate within the borough, and they must run for a minimum of five days or equivalent (eg 10 half days). One day is classed as a minimum of five hours. On average, a scheme that runs for between five and nine days could receive around £220, while a scheme of more than 15 days could get up to £440. The amount of funding given will depend on the number of applications received.

Application forms are available now on the council's website - www.wellingborough.gov.uk - or by calling Gill Chapman on 01933 231 839.

The last day for applications to be received by the council is Monday 2 June 2014.