Essential Life Skills – Culture and Leisure Grant Fund

The grant fund will support a range of extra-curricular activities aimed at children and young people aged 5 -18 years. Activities should be open to all but target children from vulnerable groups (including free school meals, children in alternative provision, looked after children, young carers and special educational needs and disabilities).

Funded activities will develop non-cognitive abilities, collectively named ‘essential life skills’ these include but are not limited to: 

  • Resilience, perseverance and persistence.
  • Hard work, self-control, discipline, good time keeping.
  • Self-confidence, leadership and team working.
  • Honesty, integrity and engaged citizenship.
  • Attitude, respect and empathy.
  • Curiosity and problem solving. 

Evidence suggests the most effective activities at achieving these outcomes are those that require committing time to practice, involve team or group participation and require perseverance to progress.

The fund will support activity within the areas of arts, culture, sport and leisure. 

Further information to the grant fund can be found in the ELS General Information and ELS Grant Fund Guidance. 

Application Process

Funding is available through a formal application process, applications should be submitted on the ELS Grant Fund Application form. Information on how applications will be assessed can be found in the ELS Assessment Criteria. 

There is no specific closing date for applications, but activities that receive funding must be completed on or before 31 August 2019. You should consider this within your planning. 

You can submit your application at any time, but note there is a set level of funding available. Once this has been fully allocated the grant fund will close. 

The maximum grant that can be applied for through a single application is £24,999.


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