For the first time, Sitges Town Council is allocating a total of 100,000 euros for a new line of grants to ensure equal opportunities for children, adolescents and young people when participating in extracurricular activities.
The first call for applicants and an allocation of 30,000 euros was for educational, sporting, cultural, musical and artistic activities during the summer. A second call, which is already open, consists of a further 70,000 euros to promote extracurricular activities outside of school hours for the 2021-2022 academic year.
This initiative is to help the acquisition of complementary skills to those attained during formal education, including a wide range of values such as cooperation and equality, amongst others.
Families can apply online or in person at the Office of Citizen Services (OAC), until 15 November 2021 for all grants that cover educational, sports, cultural, musical, artistic and leisure activities that take place outside of school hours for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The departments of education, sport, youth, social rights and culture of the Sitges Town Council have all worked in parallel to promote this initiative, and which offers direct aid to families who enrol their sons and daughters aged between 3-18 years old (both included) in extracurricular activities.
The mayor of Sitges Aurora Carbonell said: ‘This is the first time that Sitges Town Council is launching a call for grants for extracurricular activities. Our goal is to make it easier for all children and families to access educational leisure outside of compulsory education. It is important so that our children and young people can develop their potential in the field of music, dance and sport’.
The grants are awarded based on the gross income level of the family unit. Approved applications will have a maximum grant amount of €700 per family.
Requirements of the person applying for aid are that they are resident in Sitges and that the family unit has a gross income of less than 50,000 euros per year. The amounts of the grants established can be consulted on the links to the municipal website (see below). Applications must be submitted together with relevant documentation, such as a photocopy of the pre-registration or registration of the activity and details of its cost, as well as copies of the last three salaries, pension, or a certificate of the Spanish Social Security (SEPE) in case of unemployment.
Families can submit a request for extra curricular activities for each child. The eligible activities for these grants are those organised by the Sitges Town Council, those promoted or arranged under its auspices, those carried out by schools in Sitges, and all those promoted by other entities, as and when they meet the requirements established by the rules and are duly registered in the Register of Entities of the Generalitat de Catalunya and/or Sitges Town Council.
Process for submitting the application
The process of applying for financial aid for extracurricular activities can be done until 15 November, online or in person at the OAC office, filling in the application form and providing the documents required.
The application for aid is linked to the registration of the activity. You first need to have registered or enrolled in the chosen extracurricular activity.
Click here for the link to the application process. The full terms of the Town Council’s agreement regarding the grants can be found by clicking here.