School Essential Grants – Academic Year 23/24
Before you submit an application for a School Essentials Grant, please be aware the process is changing this year and you may not need to apply.
• Are your children in receipt of eFSM?
• Are your children in Year 1 or above?
• Have you been receiving payments in lieu of eFSM during the school holidays?
• Did you receive a School Essentials Grant (formerly known as Uniform Grant) between 1st July 2022 and 30th June 2023?
If you answer YES to ALL of the questions above, then you do not need to apply for a School Essential Grant this year, as the payments will be issued automatically by 30th July 2023. If you have not received the payment by 30th July 2023, please email email@example.com to advise the payment has not been received.
For new applications, we will be prioritising Reception and Year 7.
We have put together some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) below.
Please read these carefully before applying.
You can apply for a School Essentials Grant for children starting the following years in September 2023:
Reception, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11
Looked after (foster care) children can qualify in any academic year.
In order to be eligible to apply, parents must already be in receipt of, or applying for Free School Meals (eFSM) based on the following income;
• Income Support,
• Income Based Jobseekers Allowance,
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999,
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance,
• Child Tax Credit,
• provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190,
• Guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
• Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit.
• Universal credit(If earned income is included in the assessment of UC it must be less than £616.66)
The Funding is also available to all looked after children (Foster Care) of compulsory school age and pupils with no recourse to public funds.
For Enquires Email: FreeSchoolMeals@flintshire.gov.uk
You must complete an online form to apply for School Essentials grants.
Why do I have to apply? Can you not just pay me for my children that are eligible?
No – The grants we administer are funded by WG and our grant conditions confirm we have to receive an application from the parent. We also have to retain these for audit purposes and to prove we are paying only for children whose parents meet the eligibility criteria. We also need to be able to obtain parents bank account details, to enable us to pay the grant money to them. We cannot do this without an application form.
I need more information or I need to check if I’ve claimed before.
We would kindly ask parents to email us at FreeSchoolMeals@flintshire.gov.uk to find out. We aim to respond to emails within 48 hours.
How much money will I get?
All qualifying years except year 7 = £125.00
Year 7 = £200
Why can I not claim for 6th form (years 12 & 13)?
As these years are additional to compulsory years of education, it is not funded by WG.
My child receives the new, Universal Primary Free School Meals (UPFSM). Does this mean I qualify for a School Essentials Grant?
No – We have a webpage that explains why in detail, please look at bullet point 2 on the following link:
Uniform Grant seems to be called a few things, such as PDG (Pupil Deprivation Grant) and school essentials. Why is this?
The official term the government and Council’s use is PDG but parents tend to know it as uniform grant, which is why we call it this on our website and application form. You may have seen the term ‘school essentials’ more recently and this has come from Welsh Government (WG). It is likely that the term uniform grant will be rebranded as school essentials in future.