The Department of Education (DofE) has issued funding to enable Shropshire Council to offer grants to groups, organisations and individuals in the county who are delivering a high quality and exciting programme of holiday activity for children and young people aged 4-16.
The funding is intended to subsidise free places on new or existing holiday programmes for children and young people who are eligible for free school meals. In Shropshire, there are more than 6,000 children and young people registered to claim benefit-related free school meals. The aim of the DofE holiday activities and food programme (HAF), campaigned for by footballer Marcus Rashford, is to make holiday activities as accessible and inclusive as possible. Providers will need to offer a programme of enrichment and physical activities a nutritious meal and food education.
Deadline for grant applications for events between 25 July 2022 to 2 September 2022, and 19 December 2022 to 23 December 2022, is Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 9am.