Holiday Activity & Food Programme - For Providers

Holiday Activities & Food Programme - For Providers

Applications for funding to support Summer Holiday provision is open

This funding has been made available by Somerset County Council to enable local groups to provide holiday activities including food to children eligible for free school meals in Somerset. This is part of the Government programme which has provided healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children since 2018 and is now being expanded across the whole of England. The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education. Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) is coordinating the programme and managing the grant making process.

School holidays can be pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap - with children from disadvantaged families less likely to access organised out-of-school activities; more likely to experience 'unhealthy holidays' in terms of nutrition and physical health; and more likely to experience social isolation. We know that returning to school in poor physical and mental condition can have a detrimental impact on children's mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their educational attainment.

The impact of covid-19 has meant more families are applying for free school meals and of course it has increased social isolation. There are over 13,000 children receiving free school meals (Dec 2020) in Somerset.

The aim of this fund is to make the positive benefits of holiday clubs available to all those on benefits-related free school meals for at least four hours a day, four days a week for six school holiday weeks of the year. For now, we are only inviting applications to cover a minimum of four days days of provision during the 2022 Summer school holiday.

About the Grants

We are seeking to fund a diverse range of projects and enrichment activities which are attractive and engaging for all ages (5 - 16 years) and abilities of school children and include nutritious food.

Activities can be open to all children with priority given to those receiving benefits-related free school meals. Those not on free school meals can pay to attend if there are sufficient spaces. Spaces for children on free school meals will be made available at no cost to the family.

Who can apply?

This fund is open to the voluntary sector, schools and private providers who can meet the charitable objectives of the programme.

When to apply

Applications for funding to support Summer Holiday provision is open. You may apply for as few or as many dates as you feel you can effectively provide. It is preferred that you apply for a minimum of 4 days but applications for single days can be made.

How to apply

1) Sign into SASP at the top of the page so that you receive a copy of your application

2)Complete the Summer 2022 Provider information form

3) Complete the Summer 2022 Venue information form (One form to complete per venue).

Deadline for applications

11.59pm on 4th May

Useful Documents

For new and potential providers...

Watch the video below to find out more information about the HAF programme in Somerset and how to apply for funding to deliver a holiday programme in the winter school holidays. The application process is outlined along with expectations for providers, i.e. the centralised booking system. A FAQ document is also provided above.

Here's what happened during the summer...

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK