Apply now for grants to run food and activity clubs during the Easter holidays

Community and voluntary organisations able to deliver holiday activities and food schemes for children and young people are being urged to apply for grants for the Easter school break

Jan 28 2022

The grants are provided through the connect4communities programme, which is led by Hampshire County Council in collaboration with partners and funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Previous funding from both the DfE and the Department for Work and Pensions has provided around 77,512 spaces to children eligible for benefits-related free school meals during the 2021 school holidays. 
 
Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted that we can continue to support local organisations to provide schemes that make such an enormous impact in our communities. There are over 29,000 children and young people from Hampshire who are eligible for free spaces and will benefit from taking part in these clubs, where they can enjoy activities and have a nutritious meal during the school holidays.  
 
“Providers will offer inclusive provision for eligible children and we welcome organisations providing food and activity schemes to also offer additional places to fee-paying families.” 
 
Holiday activities and food providers also help families to develop an understanding of nutrition and food budgeting, and put them in touch with support services related to health, employment or education. 
 
Organisations wishing to apply for funding to deliver holiday activities in the Easter holidays can find the grant application form on the connect4communities website. 
 
The final date for applications is 20 February 2022 

The aim of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) scheme is to provide places to eligible children for the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week during the school holidays 
 
Families wishing to find out what is on offer locally should visit the Family Information and Services Hub