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Struggling parents can now apply for £150 school uniform grant if they work in a supermarket

There is a new grant that has been put in place for parents who work in supermarkets and are struggling with buying uniforms.

The School Essentials Grant is set up to help struggling parents during the challenging times with Covid-19. The charity GroceyAid is behind the grant. It Allows qualifying families to apply for £150 to help with uniform costs, and in order to get it either you or your partner (who you live with), need to be working in the grocery industry, and have been doing so for at least a year.

The grant does not just cover supermarkets, but anyone working in independent food stores or in food production.

The funds granted can actually be used to cover the cost of any school essential, other than school uniforms, you can use it for stationary and books.

To qualify you must meet each of the following criteria: You can apply for a maximum of three children per family.
  • You are currently employed in the grocery sector and have been for at least 12 months or more.
  • You can provide evidence of receipt of Child Benefit which is paid into your bank account (one grant per child) Household net income meets GroceryAid’s criteria for financial hardship. (The charity uses the Joseph Rowntree Minimum Income Standards guidelines which takes into account how many people are in your family and housing costs).
  • Household savings are below £1,000.

How to apply:

You apply through the website https://www.groceryaid.org.uk/get-help/school-essentials-grant

Once you’ve been accepted, the money will then be paid into your bank account.

The School Essentials Grant will close for new applications on 30 September, 2020, or when the fund has been used, whichever comes first.

GroceryAid hasn’t revealed the full amount of money on offer, but has revealed they are looking to expand their current amount.

Principle Uniforms.

We work closely with organisations, charities and regularly speak to parents to understand all issues related to school uniforms. That is why we are avidly looking for grants or any other help, that we can bring to the attention of our parents so they can get as much help as possible.

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