. This increase will make it possible to attend to 2,000 applications that had been admitted and had not received any funding.
The total budget with the new allocation is 7.9 million euros and will reach more than 10,000 beneficiaries.
This academic year there has been an extraordinary increase in applications, 2,000 more than last year.
From 2015 to 2021 it has gone from 800,000 to 7.9 million euros and from 1,433 students to 10,000 beneficiaries.
The Consell de Govern has approved an increase of 896,713 euros in the budget allocation for the 2021-2022 school year for the canteen subsidies, in order to be able to attend to the applications with the right to subsidies in this call for applications that were left without an allocation. Thus, the 2021-2022 academic year will see a total allocation for canteen grants of 7,896,713 euros, the highest ever awarded for this concept in the Balearic Islands. As a result, a historic figure of 10,192 canteen subsidy beneficiaries will also be reached.
It should be borne in mind that the 2021-2022 academic year has seen a sharp increase in applications, reaching 12,585 applications (10,127 last year), of which 10,210 have been accepted. Of the total number of applications accepted this year, 8,186 have been granted (7,563 last year) until the planned budget of 7 million euros has been exhausted, maintaining the highest amount ever allocated to canteen subsidies. Even so, 2,006 grants had been left without funding. With the extension approved today, these applications will be met.
By islands, the total of 10,192 will be distributed as follows for the 2021-2022 academic year: 9,204 will arrive in Mallorca, 500 in Menorca, 456 in Ibiza and 32 in Formentera.
To get an idea of the evolution of canteen subsidies, it is enough to compare the figures for the 2014-2015 academic year, when 1,433 students benefited with a budget of 800,000 euros, and the current figures of 10,192 students and almost 8 million euros.
There are currently 185 public schools in the Balearic Islands with a canteen service, of which 149 are in Mallorca, 13 in Menorca and 23 in Eivissa and Formentera.
The aim of the canteen subsidies is to grant aid to students who, due to their family’s economic situation, unfavourable socio-family circumstances or difficulties in travelling to the school, find it more difficult to pay for this service.
This aid is aimed at pupils in public and subsidised schools and first cycle infant education centres who are users of the canteen service in the 2021-2022 academic year.