Apply for Free School Meals / Uniform Grants

Free School Meals / Uniform Grants Application information and process

Free School Meals / Uniform Grant Applications 2020/21

  • Current eligible families - Claimants who were in receipt of support for the 2019/20 year were sent a pre-populated form for the 2020/21 year which must be completed and returned as soon as possible if application has not already been made for the 2020/21 year.
  • New Applicants - New applicants can apply online. See below for more information and to apply.

Step 1: Complete Application form online

Free School Meals/School Uniform/Physical Education Clothing applications for new applicants for the 2020/21 school year can now be made online by clicking link below.

Complete a Paper Application Form

You can also:

  • Download a paper application using the link below, or
  • Collect a paper application from:
    • your local Education Authority Office;      
    • your local Jobs and Benefits Office;  
    • your local Advice NI office.

If you are currently in receipt of free school meals please DO NOT USE THE FORMS ABOVE as an application will be sent to you which you must complete and return as soon as possible.

Claimants must complete ONLY ONE APPLICATION FORM; either a pre-populated form which has been sent to you or a paper application which you have obtained from any of the offices below or that you have downloaded from this site or an online application.

If you complete more than one application any support due will be delayed.

Step 2: Read the notes provided with the application form

The notes provide useful information including the responsibility of a claimant when making a claim and the current clothing allowance rates.

Step 3: Complete the application form and return

  • Complete the application form and provide verification of the benefit, Tax Credits or Universal Credits which you receive.
  • Return the application form to your local Education Authority Office.                       
Office Address
EA Belfast Office 40 Academy Street, Belfast, BT1 2NQ  
Telephone: 028 9056 4000
EA Ballymena Office Ballee Centre, Ballee Road West, Ballymena. BT42 2HS 
Telephone: 028 2566 1355
EA Dundonald Office Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, BT16  2HS  
Telephone: 028 9056 6200
EA Armagh Office 3 Charlemont Place, The Mall, Armagh. BT61 9AX  
Telephone: 028 3751 2523
EA Omagh Office 1 Hospital Road, Omagh, BT79 0AW  
Telephone 028 8241 1496
Last updated: 12/10/2020