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Filling the holiday gap grant scheme

Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health Team are seeking applications for the 2019 Filling the Holiday Gap grant scheme to provide free enrichment activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children and families during the school summer holidays.

A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger found that children were returning to school after the summer holiday in a worse educational, health and developmental state than that in which they had left at the end of term.  When free school meal provision is unavailable many families have to make difficult choices to afford the extra £30 to £40 per week to ensure their children can have a balanced diet. Combine this with an estimated £120 a week for childcare and for many Cornish children the summer holidays are vastly different to those enjoyed by visitors to Cornwall.

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The 2019 grant follows on from the pilot project last year and is focused on how projects can alleviate the pressure on household incomes by inviting groups and organisations to provide enrichment sessions which include an activity and a nutritious meal. The scheme recognises that flexibility is important and innovation is encouraged, applications that involve partnership working are welcome as are projects that can engage the community or demonstrate wider benefits to individual or family wellbeing.

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Application deadline is midnight May 27 2019.

If you have any questions or would like further information please email the Public Health team on