Leeds Healthy Holidays Grants

Grant size: £500 – £10,000

Location: Leeds 

Deadline: Closed

Leeds Healthy Holidays Grants

Supported by the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, this Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to support locally-based community activities across Leeds. Projects should be delivered in the most deprived areas of Leeds, with priority given to the areas identified as priority neighbourhoods by Leeds City Council and its partners, and should prioritise children who are eligible for free school meals. We are keen to receive applications from a diverse range of organisations. We will have approximately £400,000 to distribute in this round.

Groups that have already received funding for Leeds Healthy Holidays 2019 are able to apply for top-up funding. Please contact the Grants Team on (0113) 242 2426 or email grants@leedscf.org.uk to discuss this.


This fund is currently closed for applications

Fund Theme

We are seeking to fund projects that address Holiday Hunger in Leeds through promoting Healthy Holiday activities with a food component for school-aged young people. Over 33,000 children live in poverty in Leeds; 20,000 children in Leeds are eligible for free school meals; 1/3 of parents skip a meal so that their children can eat during the school holidays. 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.


What we are seeking to fund:

  • Projects that consist of activities (e.g. craft, sport, dance etc.) which offer food to attendees
  • Applications focused on areas of greatest need and children who are eligible for free school meals
  • The time period for the majority of activity is school holidays
  • Based on national evidence of what is effective, groups may wish to consider delivery of at least 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, for at least 4 weeks of the summer holiday but we understand that many schemes, especially those newer to this area, may only cover part of those period

We will prioritise applications which use food ingredients or meals sourced though food redistribution schemes wherever possible, such as FareShare, Rethink Food or similar sources, but also local shops /food suppliers. We recognise that there is a cost involved in sourcing ingredients or meals through food redistribution sources, and these costs should be included in the amount you apply for. You will need to allow time to apply to access these services. Groups who are buying food rather than using food redistribution sources will be expected to explain why they’re not using these sources.

We want to encourage healthy food, including food which mirrors the school food standards. The food should be provided free at point of access but if an applicant feels it is appropriate, there could be an optional contribution on a pay-as-you-feel basis. Food options can include: cooking on site; hot food delivery; packed lunches; cook, share and eat; or a combination of these. Evidence of staff/volunteers holding level 2 food hygiene and food allergy certificates will be required. Support to attain these, including free access to online training through our partner Street Games, is available for funded projects.

Activities can be provided for children and young people, or for families, depending on what you understand will best meet the needs of your local community, but we encourage physical activities and accessible sports, for which support and training is also available through our partnership with Street Games.


Applications can include:

  • Staff costs and volunteer expenses for planning and admin; food preparation; shopping time and travel
  • Reasonable venue costs
  • Costs associated with sourcing ingredients or meals through Fareshare, Rethink Food or similar sources
  • Some food costs to supplement food provided through Fareshare, Rethink Food Project or similar sources
  • Modest capital items required to deliver the project e.g. small items of catering or sports equipment but not larger items such as computers
  • Promotion and marketing


  • Applicants need to be voluntary or community groups, charities or social enterprises. For this round only schools will also be able to deliver Healthy Holidays activities. The process for schools will be different; Please do not complete the online application form if you are applying as a school. Instead, please email thriving@leeds.gov.uk to register your interest in applying by Friday 17/05/19.
  • Grant funds are to fund activity over the school summer holiday period and must be fully spent by 30/09/2019
  • Projects must benefit school-aged residents of Leeds (Leeds Metropolitan District Boundaries)
  • Grants can be used to extend a current scheme / project or introduce a new idea / activity but not used to duplicate funding an already funded activity
  • Consideration will be given to organisations offering multiple projects in a number of locations
  • Level 2 food hygiene and Safeguarding requirements must be met. Support and training will be available
  • Successful applicants will be expected to attend networking events and participate in training


We are not able to fund the following:

  • Trips or activities based outside Leeds other than single day events
  • Activity that’s purely about research, though evaluation of the proposed activity can be funded
  • Retrospective funding

Applicants must be able to show that they are addressing the need in their community and that there is demand for their services.  We are keen to support projects which are proactive and work with other organisations to refer and signpost to enable people to access a wider range of services.



The deadline for applications is Friday 31 May 2019 at 12 noon. We aim to inform successful applicants by early July 2019. Applicants who would hope to work with FareShare should complete and return this form to FareShare as soon as possible. Applicants should allow enough planning time to start delivery. All activity should be completed by the end of the school holidays, and funding allocated should be spent by 30/09/2019.



To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to the left of this page.

Groups that have already received funding for Leeds Healthy Holidays 2019 are able to apply for top-up funding. Please contact the Grants Team on (0113) 242 2426 or email grants@leedscf.org.uk.


If you have any queries about completing the online application form, please contact the Grants Team on (0113) 242 2426 or email grants@leedscf.org.uk.

If you have any queries about the Leeds Healthy Holidays programme, or would like advice as to whether or not your project might be eligible, please contact Healthy Holidays Leeds Coordinator, Francesca Wood, by email on leedshealthyholidays@leedscf.org.uk.


http://www.fareshareyorkshire.org/ – for more information on accessing food through FareShare

https://rethinkfood.lpages.co/rethink-food/ – for more information on accessing food through Rethink Food

https://network.streetgames.org/ – for more information on Street Games, who can provide training

https://www.leedsscp.org.uk/Home – for more information on safeguarding through Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership


A PDF version of this information is available to download here.