Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme 2021

Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme 2021

Easter holiday programme 2021

In light of the government announcement that if conditions are safe post the 29 March 2021 and things do change, then we would be able to accept applications for safe delivery outside.

We have received an update for the DfE about the Easter programme.

Please read this document to see how it may affect your plans and applications.

Information on the programme and how to apply for grants


How to apply for a grant

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Bradford Council has been awarded £2.8m of DfE funding to deliver the Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) in 2021.

The council will use this funding to give grants to organisations to provide free healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children.

All children in the Bradford district who receive benefits-related free school meals or are experiencing food poverty will be eligible to take part if they want to. 

Bradford Council is looking to work with a diverse range of organisations to deliver the programme across the district.

Community, charity and voluntary organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit groups are all encouraged to apply for a grant to fund activities and/or food for local children. 

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How to apply for a grant

Applications are now open to providers and organisations for Easter 2021 provision.

Due to COVID-19, it would not be appropriate to run face-to-face holiday clubs this Easter. Providers and organisations will need to find alternative ways of delivering support to eligible children. For example, this may involve healthy meals and activity packs being delivered to children at home or via collection centres.  

Organisations wishing to apply should complete an application form and submit it to

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 8 March 2021.

Applications for grants to cover the summer and Christmas 2021 holidays will open later in the year.

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Application form

This is the link to download the application form for the Easter grant

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Why are free holiday clubs needed?

School holidays can be tough for children from disadvantaged families who struggle to afford the extra costs such as food and childcare. This means they are 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

Who is the programme for?

Children in the Bradford district who receive benefits-related free school meals or are experiencing food poverty will be entitled to take up the free provision if they wish.

What should the holiday club provide for children?

At least one healthy meal a day, fun and enriching activities and daily physical activities. Organisations should also give some nutritional education to improve children's knowledge of healthy eating and offer parents advice and training on making nutritious low-cost food.

What time period do grants cover?

The Easter grant is for the 14 days of the Easter holidays - 29th March - 11 April 2021.

What is the aim for children taking part?

We want children who attend this provision 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 wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment

  • be safe and not to be socially isolated

  • have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition

  • be more engaged with school and other local services

How do we identify FSM children without intruding on their privacy?

Providers are encouraged to work with the schools which they are linked to, who can then identify the families in need and encourage them to engage with the projects.

Are applications that provide both Food and activity more successful than just applications that provide activity?

No, they will all be assessed on the quality of provision you are proposing to provide no matter if it is food only, activity only or both.

Are schools able to apply for the grant?

Unfortunately we are unable to take any applications from schools as the funding is only directed to charities and social enterprise and non-profit organisation.


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