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Funding for holiday activities and programmes

We’re seeking applications from organisations and groups to provide half term activities and food for children in our area.

The HAF Programme

The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children.

The programme will cover the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

The aim of the programme is to make free places available to 5-16 year old children in the area who are eligible for and receive benefits-related free school meals the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week and for six weeks a year. This would cover four weeks in the summer and a week’s worth of provision in each of the Easter and Christmas holidays in 2021.

More information on the programme and associated guidance is available at GOV.UK – HAF programme .

Our local model

NELC has deferred the HAF programme until the summer holidays in 2021. Therefore, there will be four weeks’ provision during the summer holidays and one week of provision over the Christmas holidays.

The approach in North East Lincolnshire is aimed at encouraging children to:

  • eat more healthily over the school holidays.
  • be more active during the school holidays.
  • take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and well-being along with their wider education attainment.
  • be safe and not to be socially isolated.
  • have greater knowledge of health nutrition.
  • be more engaged with school and other local services.

What we’re looking for

We are seeking HAF proposals that support and enable local communities which are based on:

  • Enabling people to take the lead (through clear and localised engagement activities and through targeting priority wards)
  • Happier and stronger relationships/ shared and sustainable spaces (in particular tackling loneliness and isolation)

We are looking for examples of innovation in relation to health and wellbeing. This may mean adopting proven good practice, or trying out new approaches. In particular, we are looking to support proposals that are focused on:

  • Securing the future for children and young people
  • Keeping people well
  • Independence of vulnerable groups
  • Improving access to high quality and integrated and equitable services

Who can apply?

Grants are available to groups, organisations, schools and colleges working within North East Lincolnshire who meet the criteria set out in the HAF guidance.

Assessment process and criteria

HAF Projects funded through the earmarked reserve funding will be assessed by a panel agreed by the NELC HAF Steering Group.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Eligibility of the organisation/ group to apply for this funding.
  • Eligibility of the project/ activities in line with the HAF Guidance.
  • Demonstration of adherence to policies for: safeguarding; health and safety; insurance; accessibility and inclusiveness; Ofsted registration if required.
  • Demonstration of the impact of the project, its scale and its potential for being replicated.
  • The applicant organisations will be responsible for the project management and delivery of successful schemes. Consequently, the panel will be looking for applications that demonstrate evidence and clarity of both planning and delivery of projects.
  • Systems for collecting, monitoring and assessing the impacts of the project and for reporting and sharing this information with NELC and the DFE (effective performance management).
  • Sustainability – what the longer term legacy of this project will be, and, where appropriate, partner sponsorship.
  • Where projects involve working with vulnerable members of society, such as children, young people or vulnerable adults, we will also consider what measures you have in place to safeguard their wellbeing.


Payment arrangements will be agreed in advance, but all spend must be properly evidenced and made available for audit if and when required.

Monitoring of projects

Before the HAF project starts, the applicant will sign an agreement which sets out the obligations on the two parties. This is important as the way in which the money is

used will be subject to inspection and audit, and your monitoring plans will help us ensure that your project is progressing along the right tracks. An account of all monies spent must be provided within 14 days of completion of the project. If money is not spent as agreed in the project submission, then the panel will recover any monies in accordance with the agreement.

Application process and timescales

All funding requests need to be submitted by close of play on Friday 11th June 2021. The HAF steering group’s finance sub-committee panel will sit during week commencing 14th June 2021 to consider funding requests, and organisations will be notified of the panel’s decision by week commencing 21st June. The end date for eligible expenditure will be 31st December 2021.

Interested groups and organisations should complete the proposal form attached and send it to Wendy Jackson by 5pm on Friday 11th June 2021. All sections of the form must be fully completed, and incomplete forms will not be considered.

Holiday activities and food programme grant request form (Word, 12MB)