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HAF Information for providers

Free holiday fun and food in Buckinghamshire

About the Buckinghamshire HAF Programme

Funded by the Department for Education, the aim of the HAF programme is to offer free holiday clubs or activity places over the school holidays to children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

We are aiming to fund a diverse range of enriching, fun and physical activities and food which are attractive and engaging for all ages and abilities of children and young people.

The offer will include a daily healthy hot meal for children attending each holiday session.

Make an application to run a school holiday activity

We are inviting applications from a wide network of local organisations, including existing holiday care providers, voluntary and community organisations, schools, sports and other coaching providers, leisure providers and creative and performing arts providers, to provide holiday activity programmes.

We would especially welcome applications that provide a high-quality and special experience for children.

You can contact the Buckinghamshire HAF project team at [email protected] if you have any questions about applying.

2023 delivery periods

The HAF programme provides activities for the following holiday periods.

The duration of individual providers’ HAF clubs or activities can be flexible and individual providers do not need to cover all weeks that the programme runs.

All activities will be face to face.

  • Easter/Spring – one week of delivery from Monday 3 April to Friday 14 April 2023
  • Summer – four weeks of delivery from Monday 24 July to Friday 1 September 2023
  • Christmas/Winter – one week of delivery from Wednesday 20 December 2023 to Wednesday 3 January 2024

Key considerations when making your application

  • Each HAF activity session should:
    • operate for a minimum of four hours a day (ideally longer, for example six hours)
    • include both enriching and physical activities to create a balanced programme for children and young people, ensuring they have a holistic and varied experience
    • incorporate helping children to understand more about the benefits of healthy eating and nutrition into their programme as well as stigma-free opportunities to support children and young people in learning about healthy lifestyles and exercise​
    • include a healthy hot meal for each attendee (can be cooked on-site or delivered via a caterer or food business)
  • HAF grant funded holiday activities can only be provided to children in Buckinghamshire who receive benefits-related free school meals
  • Grants will be awarded to organisations who can demonstrate an ability to deliver activities in line with the government HAF guidance

Mixed Provision

Mixed Provision is when a some of the total places offered by an organisation are funded separately, for example by fee paying customers or from another funding pot.

We welcome HAF funding applications that involve mixed provision.

For these applications we will fully fund any costs that apply to the HAF specific places, with funding for other costs associated given on a pro-rata basis. These costs can include venue or staffing costs.

How to submit an application for HAF programme funds

The deadline for organisations to submit their application for Summer 2023 funding is May 8th 2023.

Please download and complete the application form.

Please ensure you read the grant application guidance carefully to help you complete the form.

Applications should be submitted together with copies of all required supporting documents, policies and procedures, by email to [email protected]

Organisations are advised to review details of the eligibility criteria for the HAF grant funding as set out in the application guidance document, before submitting their application. Please ensure that you submit all the required information with your application.

Our decision will be based on all the information provided in your application.


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What happens next

We will review each application against a range of criteria set out in the application guidance document. We will then notify applicants of the outcome.

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