Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme Funding Opportunity: Christmas 2022 and Easter 2023

The purpose of this funding is to make free places at holiday clubs available in the Summer, Spring, and Winter holiday periods to children in their local authority area in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (FSM).

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme summary

School holidays can put pressure on 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
  • 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 summer and Christmas school holidays.

We are seeking local partners (for example: charities, schools, children’s centres, sports providers, leisure centres, childcare providers and others) to deliver the Holiday Activities and Food Programme in the 2022 Christmas holidays and/or 2023 Easter holidays.

How to Apply

Applications are now open to deliver the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme for Christmas 2022 and Easter 2023.

Your organisation may apply for either holiday period, or for both holiday periods at the time of completion. We do not plan to re-open the application process for Easter 2023 at a later stage. Organisations may apply for up to £7,500 for each holiday period.

Before you start

We advise you to download and print the following example form to prepare your answers before submitting online.

HAF Application Form (reference only): Christmas 2022 and Easter 2023 (PDF, 238KB)

All required supporting documentation must be sent to:

The deadline for submitted applications is 11:59pm, Sunday 9 October 2022.

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Please contact us if you have any questions:

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