More and more parents can not let their children participate in sports, music or dance lessons, hobby clubs, etc., because they can not afford it. Even the costs for school (eg school supplies, school trip, camp, excursions) can sometimes no longer be paid.
In many cases, families can apply to the municipality for special assistance or make use of other support schemes.
To do this, you must report to the Residents' Square, Stadhuisplein 10, T 040 - 238 60 00, see:
www.eindhoven.nl onder 'Inkomen, Zorg & Onderwijs > ‘inkomensondersteuning’
The municipality of Eindhoven has the following regulations:
- The reduction scheme (a maximum of € 177.00 per child per year to participate in extracurricular activities);
- The school costs scheme (a maximum of € 129.00 per child per year to be able to pay school costs);
- The technology reimbursement (maximum of € 600,00 per 5 years if children go to secondary education) In order to make use of these schemes, the income must not exceed 120% of the social minimum.
Not everyone is eligible for these schemes and not all costs are reimbursed. Then there are more possibilities. In Eindhoven there are three foundations that offer children between 4 and 18 years of age opportunities to participate:
Foundation Learning Money (Stichting Leergeld):
Stichting Leergeld is intended to enable children, whose parents / guardians are in a financially difficult situation, to participate in activities organized by the school, or in sports, exercise, music, dance, etc. The Foundation may also make a contribution for the purchase of a bicycle, a computer or all kinds of school supplies. The Foundation Learning Money works with volunteers. They visit home to discuss all possibilities and wishes with the applicant. Parents / carers can contact Foundation Learning Money themselves, but also others can do this for them. The home visitors also check whether municipal facilities can be used (see above) and are possibly helpful. If the Foundation Learning Moneyen counters applications that have to do with sports or culture, they take care of further processing by the foundations mentioned below. Tuition can also offer assistance in the form of an advance payment, or an interest-free loan. Foundation Learning Money handles all requests in all confidentiality.
The Youth Sports Fund:
This foundation is of the opinion that every child should have the opportunity to play sports. Sports is fun to do, you grow physically and mentally, you develop self-confidence and your sense of self-esteem and it brings you into contact with others. Sports in a club also promotes individual and social integration.
Parents / caretakers can not submit an application themselves, but must have this done by an intermediary (eg the school, a social worker, Stichting Leergeld, or someone else who is involved in the supervision of the family) Jeugdsportfonds pays the contribution and any sports attributes up to a maximum of € 225.00 per year per child. The Youth Sports Fund pays no money to children or to the parent(s), but directly to the sports facility or shop.
The Youth Culture Fund:
The Youth Culture Fund wants all children in the Netherlands to develop in at least one art discipline. Practicing and experiencing culture yourself is the basis of cultural life. You practice art for yourself. Because it is fun and relaxing. But it also contributes to your personal development, to the feeling of belonging and of sharing experiences. The effects of developing your own creativity and making you hear or see who you are and what lives in you are great. Anyone who does art gets more self-confidence, the ability to concentrate increases and it increases social skills. That is why the Youth Culture Fund wants children from families who have a hard time financially to get the opportunity to actively participate in art. Parents / caretakers can not submit an application themselves, but must have this done by an intermediary (for example, the school, a social worker, Stichting Leergeld, or someone else who is involved in the supervision of the family).
The contribution of the Youth Culture Fund amounts to a maximum of € 500.00 per year. The Youth Culture Fund pays no money to children or to the parent(s), but directly to the cultural institution.