Leeds Healthy Holidays Grants – Schools

Grant size: Up to £10,000

Location: Leeds 

Deadline: 27/01/2020 at 12 noon

Leeds Healthy Holidays Grants - Schools


Supported by Leeds City Council and Jimbo’s Fund, this Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to schools or clusters of schools to support the provision of holiday activities and food 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 working hard to grow the funds available; we currently have £200,000 secured, but may have as much as £645,000 to distribute. 

Grants of up to £10,000 are available. We would only expect applications from schools working as a consortium or in partnership, or individual schools reaching a very high number of children, to apply for the maximum amount.


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 and/or other vulnerabilities (see Criteria section below)
  • Activity must be delivered in the summer holidays, and may also cover the Easter, spring, and /or October holidays
  • Based on national evidence of what is effective, applicants 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 periods

Based on Leeds Community Foundation’s own learning, we would encourage groups to consider the following:

  •  Co-ordinating provision with other schools/organisations to ensure more comprehensive local coverage, particularly during the summer holidays (when grants are awarded, Leeds Community Foundation will support schools to connect to local Community Hubs and other provision as well where possible)
  • Cookery activities that improve the skills and understanding of local families to make affordable, healthy meals, and introducing children and young people to new flavours and foods
  • Connecting families to relevant support services locally


We want to encourage healthy food, including food which mirrors the school food standards. The food should be provided free at point of access. Food options can include: cooking on site; hot food delivery; packed lunches; cook, share and eat; or a combination of these. For 2020, we would encourage hot food provision, where possible and appropriate. Evidence of staff/volunteers holding Level 2 Food Hygiene and food allergy certificates will be required. 

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.  If you do not have staff or space for specific activities that would enhance you offer, we can help to signpost you to providers who can deliver sessional activities for you, and you can include their costs in your application.

To ensure more effective marketing and promotion in 2020, Leeds Community Foundation will provide support and key local contacts to help ensure relevant local referral agencies are connecting local families to your Healthy Holidays scheme.

It’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. We feel that your project or activity will be more successful as a result.  We are keen to see applications which bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.

This funding could provide an opportunity for transitional work between primary and secondary schools. 


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.



  • Primary and secondary schools can apply
  • Any school type (free, academy, maintained, voluntary aided/ voluntary controlled, SILC) can apply
  • Bids which will provide provision for children who live in poverty will be prioritised. We encourage bids from schools who have high numbers of children who are currently receiving Free School Meals (above 20%) and/or high numbers of children who live in the most disadvantaged areas of Leeds.
  • However, we recognise that FSM is just one measure of vulnerability, and therefore we welcome bids which will provide for pupils who have/ are: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Young carers, Children Looked After, Children at risk (Safeguarding, CPP)
  • Applications can be to expand existing programmes or develop new programmes
  • Partnership bids between different schools/ organisations are welcomed
  • Grant funds are to fund activity in the summer holidays, and may also cover activity in the Easter, spring, and /or October holidays. All funds must be fully spent by 13/11/20
  • Projects must benefit school-aged residents of Leeds (Leeds Metropolitan District Boundaries)
  • Level 2 food hygiene and Safeguarding requirements must be met. Support and training will be available

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 Monday 27 January 2020 at 12 noon. We aim to inform successful applicants by 16 March 2020. Applicants should allow enough planning time to start delivery. All activity should be completed by the end of the autumn half-term holiday, and funding allocated should be spent by 13/11/20.



Click the Apply Now button to the left of this page to apply.

You can apply for funding as an individual school, or as a consortium (cluster, family of schools, learning alliance, multi-academy trust, teaching schools, other school partnerships, public/ private/ third sector partnerships).

If you have any queries about completing the online application form or the eligibility of your project, 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 for schools, please contact thriving@leeds.gov.uk.

A guidance document with some things to think about for your project is available here. 

Application documents

You must complete these and submit these with your application:

  • Food Application
  • Healthy Holidays Scheme Summary Sheet
  • List of names of Board of Governors



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

For a full list of the Leeds City Council Priority Neighbourhoods, and why they have been have been selected, please see here.


A PDF of this information is available to download here.