Guidance Notes for Applicants
Welcome to Southampton’s Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) application guidance for
holiday clubs and projects.
1. Grant Background
Southampton City Council have been awarded in 2022, £1,206,980 for HAF schemes
to be delivered over the school holidays funded by the Department for Education’s
Holiday Activities and Food Programme. The programme funds schemes to deliver
healthy food and enriching activities to low-income families and children/young people
during the Spring, Summer and Winter Holidays.
All children in Southampton who receive benefits-eligible Free School Meals, will be
eligible to attend a holiday programme in 2022. Southampton City Council are looking
to engage with a wide network of community-based organisations, including existing
holiday care providers, schools, childminders, sports coaching, creative and
performing arts providers to provide a diverse and exciting offer for our children/young
people. We also want to ensure that we spend public money effectively and ensure
our families get the highest quality provision possible.
The statutory requirements are for programmes to offer activities that should last for a
minimum of 4 hours per day and for at least 4 days per week. We are keen to increase
provision for secondary aged pupils as well as expand our offer for pupils with Special
Educational Needs. All attendees must receive a hot meal as part of their offer and we
will work with providers to support with this delivery and meeting the standard food
We are inviting childcare providers including childminders, wraparound care providers,
activity providers schools and community/voluntary sector organisations to apply for
funding to deliver these holiday activity and food schemes across the city
The vision is that the Programme will provide high quality, consistent opportunities for
children, young people, carers/parents that enable all who attend to have positive
experiences that offer enriched, social engagement, with food through a city wide,
collaborative approach. In addition to delivering these experiences, providers are
expected to ensure that families can receive advice, guidance, and support over the
We want to commission a rich and diverse programme of activities delivered by
organisations form the private, voluntary and public sector that respond to local need,
draws in the wider community and is delivered in a variety of ways.
Click on this link for more information: (HAF) Holiday Activity and Food Programme (southampton.gov.uk)