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Eligibility of Schools for Awards For All grant funding

The Lottery-backed scheme, Awards for All, has changed slightly from April 2009, the net effect being a slight improvement as the application turn around has gone down to 6 weeks from 8.

The Awards for All grants aim to

extend access and involvement by encouraging more people to become actively involved in local groups and projects,
increase skill and creativity by supporting activities which help to develop people and organisations,
encourage talent and raise standards,
improve quality of life by supporting local projects that improve people's opportunities, health, welfare, environment or local facilities.

Schools normally meet the requirements of applicants for the scheme, though the one criterion that needs to be addressed is that the grant should be used within a year. Schools can receive up to a maximum of £10000 from Awards for All in any two year period, and you can only make one application at a time. Projects that can be applied for include promoting greater physical activity, and items that the grant can be spent on include computers, educational toys and games, and sports equipment.

What the scheme will not fund are activities or services that the school has a statutory responsibility to provide. Grants therefore will not be given for the provision of teaching materials that are directly related to the curriculum.
Generally grants will be awarded for activities that take place immediately before or after school, during lunch breaks and in school holidays. However if in certain circumstances a school struggles to provide activities outside of normal school hours this will be taken into consideration, and this can be explained on the application form.
For more information contact Awards for All:
Telephone: 0845 600 2040
Email: general.enquiries@awardsforall.org.

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