A new school clothing grant has been launched by GroceryAid to help low-income families with £150 towards the cost of school uniforms.
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GroceryAid has launched the School Essential Grant to help with school uniform costs and to reduce the financial impact to parents working in the grocery industry.
The government already has a scheme set up for school uniform grants, run by local authorities, but many councils no longer offer funding to help.
A survey by The Children’s Society showed how many low-income families struggle with the costs of school uniform. Some are forced to cut back on food and other essentials to help meet the costs.
On average, families spend £337 a year on secondary school uniforms! Getting a grant can really help towards the costs.
The report also showed the horrible impact directly on kids, with pupils being bullied, feeling left out, or even excluded from school – all because they don’t have the right uniform.
School clothes grant
You can apply for a non-repayable one-off grant of £150 per child (aged between 4 – 18 years old), and you can apply for a maximum of three children per family.
The grant is open to parents of school-aged children who can show that they are in receipt of Child Benefit and meet the eligibility criteria.
As well as school uniform, you can use the grant to help pay for other school essentials too.
Who can apply?
You need to meet some set eligibility criteria to apply for the grant.
You can apply if:
- You are currently employed in grocery and have been for at least 12 months or more
- You can evidence receipt of Child Benefit which is paid into your bank account (one grant per child)
- Household net income meets GroceryAid’s criteria for financial hardship
- Household savings are below £1000
- Anyone receiving a grant from GroceryAid since 1 April 2020 will not be eligible to apply.
You’ll also need to provide evidence of bank statements and proof that you work in the grocery industry.
Applications are being taken directly on the GroceryAid website.
With younger kids, look at the Aldi school uniform which costs less than £5 for the lot! You’re also able to buy it online, but it does sell out quickly!
The school clothes grant from GroceryAid usually closes in September but they always close sooner if the fund have been used. In which case, you might want to consider a Grocery Aid Crisis Grant instead.
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