Groups and organisations can bid for cash from council for summer holiday activities

GROUPS and organisations which want to provide summer holiday activities for children and young people can now apply for funding from Wellingborough Council.

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

Gill Chapman, community support manager at Wellingborough Council, said: “Now is the time for organisations to apply to us for financial assistance as they start to plan their summer holiday activities. We have specific aims from our grants scheme, and we need people 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 Wellingborough, and we want 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 who’d be interested in running something in the summer months.”

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 on the council’s website or by calling Gill Chapman on 01933 231 839.

The last day for applications to be received by the council is Monday, May 28.