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Funding for free school holiday activities for children and young people who receive free school meals

Funding for free school holiday activities for children and young people who receive free school meals

What funding is available, what we aim to do in the summer holidays and how you can express an interest in funding.

We’re offering funding to help organisations provide free spaces on school holiday activities and meals to children and young people who receive benefits related free school meals.  

We’re doing this through Your Holiday Hub, our summer holiday programme, which is funded by the Department for Education’s (DfE) holiday activities and food programme (HAF)

You can join Your Holiday Hub and express an interest in funding if you’re a: 

  • sports, arts or music club or organisation 
  • voluntary or community sector organisation 
  • school or education setting 
  • holiday club provider 

What we aim to do in the summer holidays 

For the Easter holidays, we worked with Feeding Bristol, BAND, Playful Bristol and Fareshare to provide more than 400 activities for children and young people who receive free school meals in collaboration with 40 holiday activity providers. 

For the summer holidays, we want to: 

  • increase the number of free spaces on school holiday activities for school age children and young people who get benefits related free school meals  
  • make sure that holiday activities take place in the areas where there are the most children and young people who receive free school meals 
  • encourage organisations to work together to make sure they offer a wide variety of activities  

Our main focus will be on making sure we fund organisations that are established in local areas and already have relationships with families and young people. You can still submit an expression of interest if you don’t meet those criteria, as we’ll continue to fund organisations throughout the summer.

Areas that need holiday activities the most 

  • Hartcliffe and Withywood 
  • Lawrence Hill 
  • Filwood 
  • Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston 
  • Southmead 
  • Hengrove and Whitchurch Park 
  • Lockleaze 
  • Henbury and Brentry 
  • Ashley 
  • Eastville 
  • Knowle 
  • Hillfields 
  • Easton 

Express your interest in funding 

Fill in an expression of interest form to tell us what you can do, where you can do it and how much funding you need. This will give us the information we need to plan the summer programme.  

Before you send an expression of interest 

You must: 

When you plan your summer holiday programme you need to think about how your activity demonstrates value for money. Your expression of interest will need to show how your organisation will: 

  • provide safe and inclusive holiday activities for at least 4 hours a day on weekdays during the summer holidays 
  • provide creative activities such as art, drama, music or writing, and physical activities such as sports or dance 
  • use the funding to make free spaces available to school age children and young people who receive benefits related free school meals, and make sure they get at least on free meal a day that meets the school food standards (this should be a hot meal when possible) 
  • educate attendees about food and nutrition and provide support and guidance to families and carers 
  • give advice, guidance, signposting and referrals to support agencies and service providers when needed 

After you express your interest 

We’ll review what you send us and if we like what we see we'll ask you for more information to support a formal funding agreement. To get funding you’ll need to provide us with copies of your:  

  • public liability insurance 
  • safeguarding policy 
  • inclusion policy 
  • health and safety certificate 
  • food hygiene certificate 
  • Ofsted registration, if you’re registered 

You must send your expression of interest by 7 May 2021. 

We’ll get back to you by 26 May if we need more information. If you don’t hear from us by 26 May, we may still contact you at a later date, as we’ll continue to offer funding throughout the summer. 

Express your interest