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Return to School Grants Launched

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.

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.

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 outbreak of the Coronavirus. 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

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) and meets the eligibility criteria. 

To be eligible for support, parents must be working or be self-employed in the industry for a minimum of one year, or have lost their job or work or be on furlough, within the last year.  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 30th September 2020 (or sooner if all available funds are used before this date).

Read more about the eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

Applying for a grant is a straightforward process so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need support.   Contact your regional welfare officer directly 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday on one of the numbers below:

For the North and Scotland call:

Malton: 01653 696 869

Middleham:  01969 624 123

For the South and West regions call:

Lambourn: 01488 670 034

For the Eastern region call:

Newmarket: 01638 560 763

Alternatively please call Racing’s Support Line which is available 24hrs a day, 7 days per week on 0800 6300 443.  Racing Welfare expects high call volumes in light of the availability of the grants and so ask people to be patient when getting in touch to apply. 

A 24hr live chat service is also available via the charity’s website www.racingwelfare.co.uk