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- Funding relevant to extra-curricular activities and community projects involving schools and local authorities (please note: some are deadlined)
- Miscellaneous funding sources (Pdf.) A selection of year-round and dead-lined funding sources relevant to schools, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations. (Many may be helpful as sources for the extra-curricular element in wraparound childcare.)
- The Pupil Premium Schools receive additional funds to support their disadvantaged pupils' extra learning needs. Some schools are using these to offer catch-up sessions and one-to-one tutoring outside school hours. The Pupil Premium will increase to £900 per disadvantaged child during 2013 to 2014.
Music in Transition Awards Scheme Primary-secondary school partnerships that have inspiring transition programmes may want to look at this. Also, wraparound childcare programmes that include successful and inspiring transition elements within their summer holiday activities may also want to apply. (The transition activities or programme would also need to be run within a primary-secondary school partnership.)
Summer Schools programme Schools can still apply for funds from this £50m funding pot made available with Pupil Premium funds. Summer schools need be designed to support pupils through the transition from primary to secondary school.
Creative Employment Programme: a £15m National Lottery programme(England) Voluntary sector organisations wanting to develop employment opportunities for young people (in relation to leading the extra-curricular activity aspect of wraparound childcare programmes, for example) may wish to explore this fund. (The fund will consider training in music, dance, theatre, combined arts, visual arts, literature, carnival, circus, contemporary craft, galleries, museums and libraries activities.) Local authorities are also eligible to apply if they wish to administer funds across a network of employers that run activities within the Arts Council England remit. The programme will fund 6,500 new traineeships, apprenticeships and paid internships for young people between 16 and 24. Applications can be made between March 2013 to March 2015.
BBC Children in Need small grants This grant scheme offers a range of deadlines for applications through the year. It is open to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under. Organisations and projects must be based in the UK and must be registered charities or other not-for-profit organisations. Four general grant deadlines each year. The BBC suggests that emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know whether an extra-curricular aspect of your wraparound childcare programme, for example, qualifies for a grant.
The Pupil Premium Awards The application deadline for these Awards has passed. The award ceremony will take place at Admiralty House, Whitehall, London on Monday 8 July 2013.
World War I commemorations 2014: Funding for school trips announced Between 2013 and 2019, the Department for Education and the Department for Communities and Local Government will each contribute half of £5.3 million towards school trips to World War I major battlefield sites – the Somme, Verdun and Fromelies. Such trips, as part of schools' holiday activity programmes, would take young people to participate in ceremonies on the Western Front. The visits will start in 2014. The intention behind the funding is to ensure that the legacy of the First World War is embedded into young people’s learning. Pupils who aren't able to go on these trips will have the chance to learn about the War through other projects – exploring local stories and finding old photographs, for example. (The Departments is presently running a procurement process in order to decide on one tour operator to transport the children.)
ideastap.com This is a microsite offering funding of its own, plus links to many external sources of arts funding. Join it, it's free.
Field Studies Council: Kids Fund This fund offers children and young people who are disadvantaged through their health, mobility, or their financial circumstances, the chance to get involved in a practical way with projects that focus on the environment. The Field Trust works in seventeen places to raise awareness about the natural world through courses for schools and colleges. Apply at any time. Decisions are made in the first fortnight of February, June and October each year. If you don’t succeed the first time, The Field Trust says it’s fine to apply again. Eligible are:
- young people (8 to 18 years or up to 25 years of age if they have special needs)
- voluntary youth groups (run by voluntary leaders, managed by voluntary organisations or registered charities)
- school groups if their aims are to provide extra-curricular learning and benefits
Youth Football Goalposts? The new 9 v 9 format will be mandatory from the 2013-2014 football season onwards. The Football Foundation has introduced a new funding scheme to support schools, clubs, leagues, local authorities to make the upgrade so long as the facilities requiring the upgrade are used outside school hours. A new funding window opens soon.