Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme: 2024 (Easter, Summer and Christmas)

The purpose of the HAF programme is to make free places at holiday clubs available in the Summer, Easter, and Christmas holiday periods to children in their local authority area in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme 

School holidays can put pressure on some families because of increased costs for food, childcare and reduced incomes. That can lead to some children from disadvantaged families being:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
  • more likely to experience social isolation.

Funding is being provided to local authorities to co-ordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children during the 2024 holiday periods.

We are seeking local partners to deliver the Holiday Activities and Food Programme during the 2024 Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays. Local partners will include charities, schools, children’s centres, sports providers, leisure centres, and childcare providers.

How to apply    

Applications for 2024 Easter Summer and Christmas HAF Programmes are now open. 

Organisations can apply for:

  • one holiday period, 2 holiday periods, or all 3 holiday periods
  • a maximum of £7,500 for Easter 2024
  • a maximum of £30,000 for Summer 2024 
  • a maximum of £7,500 for Christmas 2024


Apply now

Supporting documentation should be sent via email to

The deadline to submit your application is 23:59PM on Tuesday 6 February 2024. 


For more details regarding the Holiday Activity and Food Programme, visit the guidance page on the DfE website.

If you have any questions, please submit these to: