Funding has been announced recently to help organisations working with children during the summer holidays, and the Government has announced additional funding to help with breakfast clubs and holiday hunger schemes.

Play schemes funding

The Woodward Charitable Trust has announced funds for summer playschemes for children aged 5-16. Schemes must last a minimum of 2 weeks, or 10 days, and grants are in the region of £500 to £1,000. Only registered charities are eligible to apply.

Schemes must meet the following criteria:

  • Small local play schemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities.
  • Schemes that involve a large number of children.
  • Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability.
  • Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race, and
  • Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.

Applications forms are available from the start of February, with a specific application form available, and a deadline of 12 noon on Friday 3 April. Applications will be considered in May/June.

You can find out more, and download the application form on the Woodward Trust website.


Government funding

The Department for Education last month announced £11.8m to fund breakfast clubs in disadvantaged areas, and £9m for summer holiday activities.

The breakfast clubs will be funded through the National School Breakfast Programme, which has already established, or improved, 1,800 breakfast clubs. 650 additional clubs will be supported by the new money.

The summer holiday funding will allow holiday clubs to be run during the summer holidays, and the areas in which the funding will be offered will be announced shortly.