Any new applications for consideration for an AEF award, should be submitted by Monday 5th February (ahead of the committee meeting on the 7th February 2024) . Late applications will be carried over to the next meeting in July. Please note there is a new application form that requires dates of trips/ purchases and permissions to hold personal data, to be completed. PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY OLD VERSIONS OF THE APPLICATION FORM.
Applications for consideration should be completed IN FULL (including the permission tick boxes) and sent to the AEF Clerk :Judy Evans :1 Shropshire St., Audlem.CW30AE To save postage, completed forms in a clearly marked sealed envelope, may be dropped off at Williams of Audlem shop (CW3 0AG) during opening hours.
The application form can be found by clicking here :
Before completing your form please read the guidelines below carefully, and please do not send in applications until AFTER either the purchase of goods has been made, or the event or trip has been completed, or the university/apprentice course has commenced its first term. Appropriate proof of expenditure/ attendance is required with each application.
The AEF Committee can only make awards that meet the criteria that have been set out by the trust fund
Applicants must be under 25 years old, and must have their primary residential address within Audlem church parish boundary ( which includes most of Hankelow, Coxbank, Buerton, Lightwood Green and Wilkesley), Students living away from home, must reside in Audlem, when not attending college / university. Grants are NOT means tested.
To avoid disappointment, please read the general guidelines set by the trust below, before incurring any expenditure / applying :
- Grants are intended to support young people specifically with education/ learning opportunities, and/or elite sporting activities. They do not cover social, medical or purely economic need(s) or expenses.
- Grants are made as a contribution towards costs, and not intended to cover entire costs
- Grants are not available for hobby, or leisure pastimes.
- To qualify for contribution, educational trips must be 2 days duration, or over. School or college trips must have a clear and obvious link to the curriculum being studied. School trips organised for leisure, or non competitive sport (such as school skiing trips), are excluded from the scheme. Only the cost of the basic trip can be assessed for a grant -- not incidental associated costs, such as clothing etc.
- Grants towards music, or other performing arts lessons are considered only if these result in formal qualifications. These should be made on an annual basis and application must show consistent attendance for each term.
- Grants are available towards Duke Of Edinburgh Awards, and other officially recognised personal skills development courses.
- Sporting grants are intended for those participating competitively at County level (or higher) or equivalent (according to type of structure within the sport). Grants are NOT made towards sports badges, certificates, sport leisure trips, or courses, that are not linked to elite performance.
- Whilst items of equipment & tools (sporting or educational) may be considered for one off grants, this does not extend to computers/laptops, or collections of small consumable items such as paper, ink, small item coursework materials or optional sportswear & small items of sports consumables. As a rough guide, individual coursework books and equipment under £15 are unlikely to qualify. (nor count if compounded together).
- A lump sum grant is available towards course cost for university, apprenticeship and professional training courses etc for those aged 18 -25 years. These are to a maximum of 4 years, The first year grant being the largest, with subsequent year grants at a reduced level. Additional applications for costs will not qualify for any further funding for that year from the scheme.
- Grants are NOT available for private tutoring, additional lessons, or work experience schemes.
- Everyday travel costs, to and from centres of learning and/or skill development courses DO NOT qualify
- Grants for participation in youth club, scouts, guides or similar, may be considered if at a national, or international, level. It does not however cover subscriptions, uniforms, routine weekly activities, or badges.
This list is by no means inclusive, or exhaustive, but intended to be used as a general guide. If in doubt, please enquire with the Clerk, before proceeding with your application.