Henry Smith Charity, Holiday Grants for Children 2019

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Henry Smith Charity's Holiday Grants for Children programme can provide grants of £500 to £2,500 towards a day trip or a longer holiday of up to seven days. Charities and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to two-thirds of the total cost of the trip/holiday.

Trips and holidays can be to the countryside or a city, but must be within the UK and outside of children’s immediate localities. Examples include camping, trips to adventure activity centres or the seaside.

"We cannot fund overseas trips or holidays, trips for children over the age of 13, trip to pantomimes, theme parks or similar high cost attractions, trips that focus on education rather than fun, multiple trips, trips for families or for individual children, or the running costs of play or holiday schemes."


The funder prioritises applications that will benefit disadvantaged or disabled children living in the most deprived areas of the UK. For holiday grants this means areas in the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation.

"We can be more flexible on levels of deprivation where disabled children are involved, but it will still be one factor in our assessment.

"This programme is always oversubscribed so, if you wish to apply for a grant for disadvantaged children from more affluent areas, the case for support must be clearly explained in your application."


Please read the guidance notes before completing the application form.

When can I apply?

There are three rounds of applications remaining in 2019. Grants are made on a first come first served basis until the available funding for that round has been fully allocated. You must apply at least six weeks before your trip or holiday is due to take place.

For trips taking place between 1 May and 30 June, you can apply from 1 March to 30 April 2019.

For trips taking place between 1 July and 31 August, you can apply from 1 May to 2 July 2019.

For trips taking place between 1 September and 31 December, you can apply from 3 July to 16 November 2019.


Answers to frequently asked questions are available or telephone 020 7264 4970.


Published: 26/03/2019
Audience: Governors, Head teachers, Business Managers, Fund Raisers
Contact: Lee AnneSagar

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