Activity organisations could benefit from £6m government character grants

Physical activity organisations, schools and local authorities are among the bodies eligible to bid for a share of a £6m (US$8.7m, €7.8m) government pot earmarked for projects which develop children’s character.

Dubbed character grants, the fund is aimed at educational institutions and organisations which promote traits such as resilience and respect. Money will be provided to projects which encourage sporting activity, debating and music.

The scheme began in 2015 and grants are typically in the region of £50,000 (US$72,767, €65,369) to £750,000 (US$1.1m, €980,536). Last year, Premiership Rugby was awarded £500,000 (US$727,676, €653,649) to use leading rugby coaches and players to mentor disaffected children.

To win funding, projects must demonstrate that they can increase the number of children aged five to 16 involved in activities that promote character education, and develop character traits, attributes and behaviours that support academic attainment and contribute positively to society.

Organisations have until 23 June 2016 to submit a proposal, while grants are expected to be awarded by the end of September.

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