Skip to main content

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme- Information for providers

The government has recently announced that the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme will be expanded across the whole of England in 2021.

Read about the HAF programme: Holiday activities and food programme 2021 - GOV.UK (

Read about guidance on protective measures for out of school settings during the coronavirus pandemic on this page (external link)

Funds have been made available to every local authority in England to coordinate free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities. The programme will cover the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

The funding for the HAF programme is for children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

We are seeking to fund a diverse range of projects and enrichment activities which are attractive and engaging for all ages and abilities of school children and include nutritious food. Activities can be open to all children with priority given to those receiving benefits-related free school meals. Children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals can pay to attend if there are sufficient spaces. Spaces for children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals will be made available at no cost to the family.

What is the aim of the programme?

The aim of the programme is to make free places available to children eligible for benefits-related free school meals for the equivalent of at least 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, 6 weeks a year. The HAF programme needs to cover 4 weeks in the Summer and a week’s worth of provision in each of the Easter and Christmas holidays.

School holidays can be particular 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
  • more likely to experience social isolation

Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people and that they work best when they:

  • provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities
  • cover more than just breakfast or lunch
  • involve children (and parents) in food preparation

Who can apply?

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

How to take part

If you are a provider who is interested in taking part, you will now need to submit your application to apply for funding. More information can be found in Apply for Grant Funding- Guidance and Application below.

We previously held two information sessions on the 4th and 10th March for providers to find out about the HAF programme in more detail, as well as how to apply and be a part of the programme. If you were unable these sessions, but would still like to find out more, you can view the presentation below.

You can view the HAF information session presentation for more information 

If you have any questions please email the HAF team at

Easter Activity Offer - Provider Survey

The aim of this survey is to find out what activities will be operating during the Easter break that are available to children and families within Ealing.

We would like to find out about any activities that may be of interest to families. This may include, but is not limited to, holiday playschemes, online courses for families, virtual youth clubs and family attractions/museums.

Please complete our survey (external link) by Wednesday, 10th March

Apply for Grant Funding- Guidance and Application

We are now accepting applications from providers who wish to apply for grant funding as part of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme.

Before applying online , please read the below guidance documents which include details on grant criteria , eligibility and deadlines for applications. 

HAF Grant Funding Easter Guidance (internal link)

HAF Application Criteria (internal link)

Application Support

If you are an organisation that is interested in applying but do not have a pre-existing relationship with a school, the School Parnerships and Enrichment team can help you identify the most suitable person in a school to liaise with.

Email for more information. 

How to apply

Organisations can apply online through the Ealing HAF Easter 2021 Application HAF Easter Holiday Provision Application  Survey (


Back to top