DfE Local Coordination of Free Holiday Provision Fund

15th January 2019

The Department for Education is inviting organisations to bid for grant funding to take on the role of testing the coordination of free holiday provision (including healthy food and enriching activities) for disadvantaged children during the 2019 summer holidays in up to nine upper-tier local authorities. A total of up to £9m is available in financial year 2019 to 2020.

The aims of this grant programme are to develop a more efficient and joined-up approach to free holiday provision for disadvantaged children; and to ensure there is enough good quality free holiday provision to meet the demand from children eligible for free school meals in the local authority during the 2019 summer holidays.

The funder intend to funds nine projects overall including one project from each of the following regions: East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, North West, West Midlands, South West and South East.


Please read the invitation to bid which includes guidance on eligibility before completing the application form. A list of local authorities is also available to refer to.

The deadline for applications is 7 February 2019 (23.59pm).


Email HAF2019.PILOT@education.gov.uk. The funder aims to respond within 3 working days.