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Grants for pupils

Information and guidance about grants available for eligible pupils within Bridgend County Borough, including:

  • Education Maintenance Allowance
  • Free School Meals
  • Distinctive Uniform Grant
  • School Essentials Grant 

Free school meals (FSM)

If you are claiming certain benefits, you may be eligible for free school meals for your child.

School Essentials Grant          

If you are the parent or guardian of a child in school, you may be eligible for a grant to help to pay for essential school items.

Distinctive school clothing grant

Allowances towards the cost of distinctive school clothing are made to pupils attending secondary schools. Allowances are payable at the start of each of the child’s first five years in secondary school.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Education Maintenance Allowance is payable to pupils and students in full time education after the age of 16. It is based on household income.

The scheme is not run by us. To find out more, either contact your school or Student Finance Wales.


Financial Assessments and Benefits Team
Telephone: 01656 643 396

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