Essential Life Skills – large grant applications

The Essential Life Skills (ELS) Fund is an additional sum of money that has been awarded to the 12 Opportunity Areas nationally to complement Opportunity Area funding. This Fund has a value of £2.1m for the city and is to be spent between 2017 and end of the Summer 2019 on a range of extra-curricular activities for 5- to- 19 year olds linked to schools and colleges.

Direct allocations of ELS funding have already made to every school and college in the city.

The Opportunity Area Partnership Board will shortly be inviting large grant applications from a range of organisations and partnerships including providers of extra-curricular activities, schools and colleges to offer activities that span either the whole city or large parts of it and benefit sizeable cohorts of 5- to -19 year olds as well as particular vulnerable groups.

ELS is intended to fund a range of extra-curricular activities linked to the curriculum that go beyond what might reasonably be expected as part of the standard school/ college day and do not duplicate or act as a substitute for core curriculum teaching.  Activities covered are broad in nature and include sports, culture, arts, music, IT, social action and volunteering and are expected to develop skills and qualities such as resilience, perseverance, self-confidence, integrity and team-working.

They should take place on a regular basis, in most weeks of the term and throughout the school/college year where possible.  Residential, weekend or holiday activities that take place over a short period can be very useful but should be considered as part of a wider package of regular term-time activities for those pupils involved.

Prospective applicants should check their Twitter alerts ( @StokeonTrent OA) for news of the release of detailed information and grant application forms which will be accessible from this website.