Department for Education Holiday Activity and Food Programme

The Department for Education (DfE) announced funding to enable Local Authorities across England to provide holiday activities and food during school holidays in 2021. Through this programme Waltham Forest has been awarded funding to provide six weeks of provision during Easter, Summer, and Christmas holidays in 2021.  The funding conditions of the DfE Holiday Activity Programme requires the provision of enrichment activities alongside a food offer to be made accessible for children who are in receipt of free schools meals (FSM) within the borough for up to four hours a day, four days a week during Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.

In light of this grant funding, London Borough of Waltham Forest is offering schools the opportunity to apply for grants for activities which look to meet the following objectives: 

  • Provide access to enrichment activities for children in receipt of free school meals during the school holidays
  • Provide access to school meal for children in receipt of free school meals.

Waltham Forest will used DfE Holiday Activity and Food programme grants to focus on supporting schools, develop sustainable delivery models for enriching activity programmes and childcare provision for children aged 5-18 years old. They are open to all maintained and academy schools within Waltham Forest, including special schools and PRUs.

Full details of the grant can be found here.

To make an application please return the completed application form to Fern Edwards by Wednesday 10 March 2021.