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Can anyone apply?

The person applying does not have to hold the Christian faith but the holiday etc has to be a recognised Christian event. The application can be made by the person attending the event, a parent or guardian. Often the application is organised by a friend or youth leader who arranges for the application form to be signed by the parent or person involved. The maximum age of an applicant is likely to be around 16 years and most of those benefiting are between the ages of 11 and 15 years.


When should the application be made?

The application form should be sent at least four weeks before the money is required. If you are arranging for a number of applications (say for children from different families) to be made at the same time then it is likely that the exercise of collating those forms could take a considerable time.


Will the money be paid directly to me?

Grants are sent by a cheque made payable to the Holiday or event organiser for you to forward.


Do I have to divulge personal information on the application form?


The application form asks for the reason for the application, and whether the parent or recipient is receiving state benefit, (it is not necessary to be on benefits to be considered). The form also has to be countersigned by a church minister, youth leader, or holiday leader. All this information is treated in strictest confidence and is seen by only two of the Trustees of the Fund.


How much can the fund contribute towards the holiday?

The Fund currently contributes a maximum of £80 or half the cost of the holiday, whichever is the lesser. The Fund will also contribute towards the cost of travelling to and from the event.


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