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School uniform grant

Grants to help with buying school uniforms for certain categories of pupils are available from education and library boards. The eligibility criteria are similar to those used for free school meals.

Please Note: This scheme is for parents in Northern Ireland only

How to apply for grant?

The Clothing Allowance Scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools. It does not apply to pupils in attendance at nursery schools, nursery units or reception classes.

The level of assistance is as follows:

  • primary school - £35.75
  • post-primary/special school under 15 - £51
  • post-primary/special school over 15 - £56
  • post-primary/special school PE - £22

Only one clothing allowance per pupil will normally be paid during the school year.

Education and library boards are responsible for the administration of the scheme. Additional information including eligibility criteria and application forms are available by phoning your local Board at the relevant contact number below.

  • Belfast Education and Library Board – 028 9056 4239 or 028 9056 4240
  • North-Eastern Education and Library Board – 028 2566 2571, 028 2566 2572 or 028 2566 2573
  • South-Eastern Education and Library Board – 028 9056 6319
  • Southern Education and Library Board – 028 3751 2523
  • Western Education and Library Board – 028 8241 1496

The eligibility criteria is similar to those used for free school meals and this information can be found here:

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