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Return to School Grant

After the enormous success of last year’s grant, Racing Welfare will once again be offering a ‘Return to School’ grant. We know how hard parents and families work to give their children the best start at school. We also know that getting ready for the new school year can bring with it huge financial pressure. As such, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Return to School grants which aim to help racing industry families who are feeling the pinch. Please note that if you or your partner have held a licence at any point in the past, you will need to contact IJF for financial support rather than applying for this grant

The increasing cost of school essentials such as uniform, P.E. kit and educational equipment can leave many families struggling and having to cut back on other essentials.  Our Return to School grants can ease that burden and will be awarded at £100 per child up to a maximum of 4 children per family. Simone Sear, Director of Welfare said, “Returning to school can put huge financial pressures on families.  We know that the cost of school uniform and equipment is increasing and for some families that can mean they are struggling to cope and find themselves cutting back on other essentials.  In particular this year there have also been additional pressures caused by the increase in cost of living.’’

I am really pleased to announce our Return to School grants which we hope will reduce the strain on parents and families in our industry at what can be a difficult time of year. The application process is very straightforward and confidential so please get in touch with our team to find out if your family could benefit.

Simone Sear, Director of Welfare

How to Apply

Please complete an application through our partner Lightning via the below button, ensuring you select ‘Thoroughbred Industry’ as your area of work and ‘New equipment/clothing for children as the reason you need help. This will ensure you are matched to the Return to School grant. Applying for a grant is a straightforward process so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need support. Please note that if you or your partner have held a licence at any point in the past, you will need to contact IJF for financial support rather than applying for this grant

Please complete an application through our partner Lightning via the below button, ensuring you select ‘Thoroughbred Industry’ as your area of work and ‘New equipment/clothing for children as the reason you need help. This will ensure you are matched to the Return to School grant. Applying for a grant is a straightforward process so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need support.

This helpful guide will show you the step-by-step process of applying for a grant through Lightening

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Eligibility Criteria

The grants are available to anyone currently working in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry who has dependent, school-age children (4-18 years) up to a maximum of 4 children per family and meets the eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for support, parents must be working or be self-employed in the industry for at least 12 months within the last 2 years.  Furthermore, they must be living on or below the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Minimum Income Standard and be in receipt of Child Benefit.  The window for grant applications will be open until 7th September 2022 (or sooner if all available funds are used before this date).

 

Welfare Officer Sarah Ashley explains how easy it is to find out if you are eligible for a Return to School grant

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