social mobility - child climbing wooden blocks We have set aside £20,000 for a new Social Mobility Grant scheme to provide support and improve outcomes for Free School Meal (FSM) eligible children and / or their families.  We’re inviting schools and voluntary organisations to apply for small grants to help close the gap between the most disadvantaged children and young people and their peers.

Individual grant awards will normally be between £250 and £1000. Grants can be for small capital projects or revenue schemes and must be made via an online application (see below). Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the impact of the grant award as part of this process.

Successful applicants must ensure that, whilst the grant money is targeted primarily at FSM eligible children, their projects do not stigmatise or isolate individuals or groups of children or students.

Who can apply?

  • Early years’ settings (children’s centres, nurseries, pre-schools etc)

  • Schools (academies or local authority maintained)

  • Voluntary and community sector organisations (parent support groups, mother and toddler groups etc)

How to submit a bid

The grant scheme will open in January 2020 with awards being made at the Start of March 2020.  Applications must be made using our online form and will be expected to demonstrate:

  • The numbers of FSM eligible children and young people the project will support
  • The total cost and duration of the project
  • The impact that the project will have on its beneficiaries.

Application and grant timeline

Applications are now closed.

What we will and won’t fund

Successful projects should make a genuine difference to the outcomes for children and young people and may include:

  • Positive activities for FSM eligible children and young people both during school time and out of normal school hours.
  • Provision or extension of wraparound care services, such as breakfast or homework clubs before and/or after school.
  • Targeted interventions by schools and early years’ settings aimed at reducing any gaps in attainment.  This may include the piloting of schemes to raise attainment in core subject areas.
  • Interventions to improve pupil confidence, self esteem or mental wellbeing amongst FSM eligible children and young people.
  • Projects that raise school attendance rates.

We will not usually fund:

  • Projects that do not directly improve outcomes for FSM eligible children in Wychavon.
  • Projects that have already been completed or largely completed before we receive an application.
  • Any expenditure incurred or committed before we approve an award.
  • Day to day running costs, replacement equipment, repairs, maintenance or the costs of meeting health and safety requirements.
  • One off events.
  • Fundraising activities.
  • Work that is the responsibility of other public bodies or organisations.

Want to discuss your idea?

For an informal discussion about your project please call Leonie Silk on 01386 565569 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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