What we do Secondary Schools Opening School Facilities Background The Department for Education is investing £10.1 million to help more schools open their facilities to the public as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease. The funding will help schools deliver extra-curricular activities and open their facilities outside of the school day during evenings, weekends and school holidays. This investment comes at an important time, given the impact coronavirus has had on the activity levels of children and young people and the significant decline in the number of schools able to offer after-school clubs for pupils or opening their facilities for community use. We are delighted to confirm that as the local Active Partnership for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Energize has secured funds and will be working to support local schools to understand the challenges in opening their facilities in a Covid-secure manner and offer additional funding to help alleviate barriers that may be in place. Funding available should be targeted predominantly to support pupils eligible for free school meals, the least active and to provide more opportunities for pupils with SEND to take part in activities. How much can I apply for? As part of our universal offer, schools in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin can apply for up to £1000 to help them open their school facilities. The fund could be used to help schools purchase new equipment for sports and activities, arranging additional cleaning and providing clear signage to help maintain social distancing (please see the FAQ's for further information). How do I apply? Before completing the application form, please read our Frequently Asked Questions The application process is simple - an online application form which will then be followed up by a member of the Energize team. Click here to complete the application form Please note that applications will not start to be reviewed until week commencing 19th April. Schools play a vital role in keeping young people active and we hope that this fund will help you to re-open your facilities to provide more physical activity and sport opportunities for the children and young people in your community.