Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) - Rochdale borough - XMAS 2022

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Applicants must be able to show that they are addressing the need in their community and working towards the outcomes of the programme. They must be in a position to deliver the programme during the School Christmas holidays between 19th December 2022 – 2nd January 2023.

This funding has been made available by Rochdale Council to enable local groups to provide holiday activities including food to children eligible for free school meals in Rochdale.  This is part of the Government programme which has provided healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children since 2018 and is now being expanded across the whole of England. The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education. Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust are coordinating the programme and managing the grant making process.

School holidays can be pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap – with children from disadvantaged families 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. We know that returning to school in poor physical and mental condition can have a detrimental impact on children’s mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their educational attainment.

Rochdale Borough Council are keen to work with and award grant funding to local VCFSE organisations that can enhance the HAF programme for eligible children and families in the borough.

Who can apply? 

This fund is open to the voluntary sector, schools and private providers who can meet the charitable objectives of the programme.

Grant amount: 

The size of the grant you can apply for depends on how many targeted children you are able to provide for together with the type of provision that is on offer. Provision can be in one place or many depending on your capacity and demand.  Applications will be accessed on value for money. 

This is to enable the funding to help as many of our children and families in the borough as possible during the duration of the HAF programme. Below are some guidelines of maximum expected costs. 

Per person per day for 4 hours minimum provision, provider’s costs will be expected to be in the region of:

£18 with a cold meal £20 with a hot meal

Application process: 

The link to apply will go live from the 19th August on this webpage


Applications for funding to support activities and food provision during the 2022 school Christmas holidays will be open between the 19th August 2022 until the 19th September 2022.

Contact Information:

 01706 926243/01706924548

Website: TBC when fund opens 

£1000.01 to £10,000
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Unconstituted Group
Funding Theme: 
Children and Young People
Unpublish Date: 
Monday, 19 September, 2022