Parents could be eligible to receive up to £200 to buy school uniform, equipment, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school for their child.
The Minister for Education in Wales, Kirsty Williams, is encouraging parents and carers to contact their local authority to see if they are eligible for the Pupil Development Grant (PDG).
The Welsh Government fund, which has doubled to more than £5 million this year, supports families with the costs of school uniform and sports kit, and equipment for activities both inside and outside of school.
The grant aims to help those families most in need of help with these expenses.
The minister’s call for action coincides with the publication of the responses to the school uniform and appearance policies consultation; part of wider plans to reduce the cost of the school day.
Kirsty Williams AM said: “No pupil should be forced to miss out on opportunities because of their personal circumstances and background. All learners should be encouraged to aim high and be supported to achieve their goals.
“This fund aims to help address the greater disadvantage learners face simply by not being in a financial position to engage in extra-curricular, enrichment and after school activities.”
For more information on eligibility and how to apply for the grant, contact Caerphilly County Borough Council or ask for an application form at your child’s school.