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End of May deadline for Schools Essentials Grant

CONWY County Borough Council is urging eligible parents and carers not to miss out on the Welsh Government School Essentials Grant which could be worth up to £200.

88% of those eligible have claimed their free School Essentials grant to help with costs like school uniform, shoes, bags, sports kit and equipment. Conwy County Borough Council is now reminding parents to check and apply before it’s too late.

Children of families on lower incomes who receive certain benefits, those seeking asylum and children in care can claim £125 per year to help with school costs. Because of the extra cost families might face when their children start secondary school, £200 is available for eligible pupils going into year 7. It could also mean extra funding for your school.

Cllr Julie Fallon, Cabinet Member for Education, said, “The window to apply for funding for this year closes on 31 May, so we’re reminding parents to check their eligibility. We know that lots of parents have received the grant, but we don’t want anyone to miss out on what they are entitled to.”

This grant can be used to pay for school uniform, including coats and shoes; school activities like learning a musical instrument, sports kit and equipment for after school activities; or classroom essentials, like pens, pencils and bags. So it can make a real difference.

Even if your child already receives a Free School Meal, you still need to check eligibility to access the School Essentials Grant and extra funding for your school. To find out more about the Schools Essentials Grant and to check eligibility, visit here.