Grants of £500 to £2,500 are available from Henry Smith Charity's holiday grants for children programme. Funding is for recreational trips/holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities.
Youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities can apply for up to two-thirds of the total cost of a holiday or trip. The focus should be on fun, rather than education; however, trips to theme parks or similar high cost attractions cannot be funded.
"Applications can be made for grants towards a single trip, which could be a day trip or a longer residential of up to seven days in length. This could be to a countryside or city location but must be outside of the children’s immediate locality. Examples include camping, trips to adventure activity centres or the seaside."
"It is very important to us that our funds are targeted at children experiencing disadvantage. By this, we mean those who are located in an area of high deprivation, according to the National Indices of Deprivation. In particular we are interested in funding trips for children in geographical areas that fall within the bottom 20% of these indices. We are also interested in assisting those children who do not have any contributions towards the costs of the trip from their parent/s or carer/s."
"For groups of children with disabilities, we are able to be more flexible regarding the level of deprivation, although we still do take it into account as one factor in our overall assessment."
You need to apply at least 6 weeks before the date of the trip.
Apply as early as possible because decisions are made on a first come-first served basis (within the application periods stated) until funds are spent.
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