Children's Health Fund Holiday Food Fund, deadline 6 October 2017

13 September 2017

The Children’s Health Fund believes that no child should go hungry, and recognises that for some children during the school holidays there is a vital food provision gap that needs filling.

Organisations that want to provide good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes are invited to apply for funding from The Holiday Food Fund between £1,000 and £5,000. It is expected that applications at the higher end of this scale (£5,000) will be for projects looking to expand their existing work.

Learning and insight from previous projects 

Details of previously funded projects can be found here.

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

  • Bank account in the name of the organisation applying (unless you are a school), which requires two unrelated people to authorise cheques and make withdrawals
  • At least three members on your governing body or board of directors.

Before you can proceed to the application you will need to confirm the following:

  • Provide meals that align with the food and drink requirements (i.e. School Food Standards England 2015) and other term time regulations (e.g. food hygiene, food labelling).
  • Includes enrichment activities such as sports, art and crafts, growing etc.
  • Will provide holiday food provision for a minimum of 3 days a week over 4 weeks.          
  • Implement relevant policies (e.g. health and safety, safeguarding, pastoral – see also supporting documents required).
  • Can demonstrate a local partnership is in place which includes a representative from the Local Authority and/or health board.
  • Match funding – can be ‘in kind’ but must be able to demonstrate value.

If successful, you will need to provide:

  • A copy of your Health and Safety Policy.
  • A scanned copy of your insurance documents.
  • A copy of your Child Protection Policy.
  • Evidence of your food handling safety policy and certificate.


To access the Guidance Notes and Application Form, please visit the Fund websiteand complete the Application Checklist.

Once completed, you can continue to complete the application online. Please remember to click submit in the online system for your application to go forward for assessment.

Deadline and timetable

The deadline for submitting your online application is 5pm Friday 6 October 2017.

The Board will meet in November to decide which applications will receive funding. Awards will be announced in December.

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