We are all getting a little poorer, said Minister Sigrid Kaag (Finance) on Tuesday. More and more families are struggling to make ends meet. As a parent or guardian, you can knock on these places if you can’t afford a school laptop, new football clothes or the contribution to your child’s swimming lessons.By Anna Jacobs
Sports, music and creative courses
The Youth Foundation Sport & Culture is a network of local foundations throughout the Netherlands. This network pays for children and young people the contribution or tuition for, among other things, sports clubs, music lessons and creative courses. In addition, the fund pays for any necessary items such as sports clothes or shoes or the rental of an instrument.
An intermediary such as a teacher, debt counselor or neighborhood sports coach applies for a grant. If approved, parents can enroll their children in the sports club, dance school or other organization of their choice. The Youth Foundation pays the contribution or tuition directly to the teacher, club or organisation.
A box full of birthday stuff
Jarige Jobfond offers parents or carers who do not have money to celebrate their child’s birthday, a birthday box. This box contains treats for the class and teachers, a gift for the birthday girl and decorations such as balloons and streamers, a cake and candles.
In addition to parents who meet the income requirement (see below), parents with demonstrably high debt can also request a birthday box. A family registered with the Food Bank automatically receives the birthday box.
Parents can turn to Kinderhulp, which earns just above the poverty line, but miss out on benefits and facilities as a result.
School supplies, sports, music and dance
Parents and carers of school-age children can make use of Leergeld. These local foundations support children in four different areas. In the field of education, parents can contact Leergeld for the purchase of school equipment, gym clothes or a used bicycle to cycle to school.
In the area of sports, Leergeld works closely with local sports clubs. The foundation pays the contribution to children whose parents cannot do so. Parents can also receive a voucher to buy the necessary sportswear in clothing stores with which Leergeld collaborates. In addition to sports lessons, Leergeld can also help with contributions from music, dance, drama or drawing lessons.
Other activities that do not directly fall under education, sport or culture, but which contribute to children’s development, are also possible with some Leergeld funds. For example, consider joining scouting.
Inkomensplafond en leeftijd
- Voor de bovenstaande drie fondsen bestaan criteria waar ouders of verzorgers aan moeten voldoen. Zo wordt er onder andere gekeken naar het inkomen van een gezin of alleenstaande ouder. Het verschilt echter per gemeente en lokale stichting welke hoeveelheid van het wettelijk sociaal minimum inkomen er wordt gehanteerd. Dit varieert van lager dan 110% tot lager dan 140% om in aanmerking te komen. De fondsen zijn bedoeld voor kinderen tussen de vier en achttien jaar oud. Daarnaast is het toekennen van een bepaalde aanvraag maatwerk: de intermediairs die bij de gezinnen achter de voordeur komen kennen de persoonlijke situatie van ouders en laten dit ook meebepalen in het besluit.
No income requirement for warm shoes
If the municipality or other local facilities are not sufficient for parents or carers, then there is Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp. This fund helps parents who cannot get help from, among others, Leergeld, Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur or Stichting Jarige Job.
Kinderhulp does not have a hard income requirement. When applying, the foundation checks whether children are deficient due to the financial situation of their parents or guardians. This is not only about parents who are on welfare, but also parents who earn just above the poverty line. As a result, they miss out on benefits and benefits and sometimes even have less to spend than someone on welfare.
Kinderhulp also helps children and young people aged 0 to 21 with big or small cases. This concerns, for example, a bed or wardrobe, a laptop or telephone, a contribution to a follow-up examination, glasses, winter shoes or sports lessons.
Parents, carers or young people cannot submit an application themselves, but a professional who is involved in the family can. For example, a social worker, administrator, youth counselor or someone from the municipality’s district team.
Finally, there is Sam&, the partnership between Leergeld Nederland, Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur, Stichting Jarige Job and Nationaal Fonds Kinderhulp. With Sam&, the organizations have a common digital counter. Parents, carers and mediators can easily submit one application for the help offered by the four organisations.