What is it?
The Holiday Activity Fund is government grant funding available to support children and young people eligible for income related free school meals over school holidays.
The aim of the Holiday Activity Fund is to ensure that children and young people are able to:
- eat more healthily,
- are more active over the school holidays,
- learn about health nutrition and access fun
- and enjoyable activities.
We know school holidays can be a challenging time for some families due to increased costs, such as food and childcare and reduced incomes.
For some children this could result in gaps in accessing organised out-of-school activities, which may result in ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health and are more likely to experience social isolation.
Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and can have a positive impact on children and young people. We've found they work best when they can provide varied, fun, inclusive, accessible activities and the provision of nutritious food and nutritional advice.
Funding will be available for the delivery of both summer and Christmas holiday and food activity projects for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM). This will include funding for delivery and or equipment. There is no limit on the amount of funding, number of projects or locations that can be applied for.
However we aim for:
- A minimum timescale of 4 hours per day, 4 days a per week over the course of a month for the summer holidays
- And a minimum timescale of 4 hours per day, 4 days a per week over the course of a week for the Christmas holidays
- This can be increased depending on the project