Healthy holidays grants

Bradford Healthy Holidays Grants

We are seeking to fund projects that address Holiday Hunger in Bradford through promoting Healthy Holiday activities with a food component for school-aged young people. This Fund will provide grants of up to £6,000 to support locally-based community activities across Bradford. Projects should be delivered in the most deprived areas of the city and should prioritise children who are eligible for free school meal. We are keen to receive applications from a diverse range of organisations. We will have a minimum £250,000 to distribute in this round and are engaged in further fundraising.

We know that almost 40,000 children live in poverty in Bradford; over 18% of secondary school pupils in Bradford are eligible for free school meals; 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

  • Third sector groups or organisations as the main applicant, however partnerships with libraries, schools or public health bodies are welcome and actively encouraged.  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, but we also recognise the value of working with families throughout the year, not just in the holidays, and would welcome applications which include additional costs around this.
  • Based on national evidence of what is effective, some larger 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 periods.

We will prioritise applications which use food ingredients or meals sourced though food redistribution schemes wherever possible, such as FareShare, Innchurches Storehouse, Fuel for School 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. More details are available on the LCF website and will be shared at a briefing event in January.

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.

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.

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, Storehouse, Fuel for School or similar sources
  • Some food costs to supplement food provided through Fareshare, Storehouse, Fuel for School 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
  • Grant funds are to be focused on holiday periods and spent within 12 months of receipt
  • Projects must benefit school-aged residents of Bradford (Bradford 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 may be asked to participate in training

We are not able to fund the following:

  • Individuals, statutory organisations or commercial entities (though schools, libraries or other statutory organisations are encouraged as partners where the grant recipient is a third sector organisation)
  • Trips or activities based outside Bradford other than single day events as part of a wider scheme.
  • 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.

Briefing Event
A briefing event will be held on 9th January, 3-5pm, at Kala Sangam (1 Forster Ct, Bradford BD1 4TY) to answer questions and also introduce the offer from potential partners including Street Games, FareShare, Storehouse, Fuel for School and Bradford City Council Services. If you would like to attend, please email

The deadline for applications is 24 January 2019 at 12 noon. We aim to inform successful applicants by end of February 2019, so that activity can be delivered over both the Easter and summer school holidays.  Successful applicants who need to sign up for Fareshare, Storehouse and Fuel for Schools will need this submitted by 11 March 2019. Applicants should allow enough planning time to start delivery, especially noting that Easter break starts on 29 March 2019. Funding allocated should be spent within 12 months of receipt.
It is our intention to hold a second grants round in 2019, opening in early spring with decisions made in time for activity can be delivered during the summer holiday.

To begin an application form, click here.
Give Bradford is managed by Leeds If you have any queries about the programme, or would like advice as to whether or not your project might be eligible, please contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426 or email

Resources – for more information on accessing food through FareShare – for information on accessing food through Storehouse in Bradford – for more information on accessing food through Fuel for School – for more information on Street Games, who can provide training – for more information on safeguarding through Bradford Safeguarding Children Board – for more information on Feeding Bradford, a network of over 40 organisations committed to ending local food poverty, piloted by Wellsprings Together Bradford

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