7th May 2019
Filling the Holiday Gap 2019
Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health Team are seeking applications for the 2019 Filling the Holiday Gap grant scheme to provide free enrichment activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children and families during the school summer holidays.
A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger found that children were returning to school in a worse educational, health and developmental state than that in which they had left in the summer. During the summer holidays when free school meal provision is unavailable many families have to make difficult choices to afford the extra £30 to £40 per week to ensure their children can have a balanced diet. Combine this with an estimated £120 for childcare and for many children in Cornwall the summer holidays are the opposite of why families come to our county at this time.
The 2019 grant follows on from the pilot project last year and is focused on how projects can alleviate the pressure on household incomes by inviting groups and organisations to provide enrichment sessions which include an activity and a nutritious meal. The scheme recognises that flexibility is important and innovation is encouraged, applications that involve partnership working are welcome as are projects that can engage the community or demonstrate wider benefits to individual or family wellbeing.
The maximum any single organisation can apply for is £3500 (there is no minimum) and applications are expected to provide excellent value for money. Projects should be geographically located in one of 6 localities shown in the map; consideration will be given to projects that cross over these locality boundaries where a need is highlighted.
Application deadline is May 27 2019. If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Matt Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org
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