Leeds Healthy Holidays Grants

Grant size: £500 – £6,000
Location: Leeds 

Extended Deadline: Closed

Leeds Healthy Holidays Grants


This Fund will provide grants of up to £6,000 to support locally-based community activities across Leeds. Projects should be delivered in the most deprived areas of Leeds, with priority given to the areas identified as priority neighbourhoods by Leeds City Council and its partners, 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 £100,000 to distribute in this round but are engaged in further fundraising.

Fund Theme

We are seeking to fund projects that address Holiday Hunger in Leeds through promoting Healthy Holiday activities with a food component for school-aged young people. Over 33,000 children live in poverty in Leeds; 20,000 children in Leeds are eligible for free school meals; 1/3 of 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
• 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, 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 the briefing.

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.


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, Fuel for School or similar sources
• Some food costs to supplement food provided through Fareshare, 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 , including organisations that received funding for the 2018 pilot
• Grant funds are to be focused on holiday periods and spent within 12 months of receipt
• Projects must benefit school-aged residents of Leeds (Leeds 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 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 Leeds other than single day events
• 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.


This fund is closed to applications. 


http://www.fareshareyorkshire.org/ – for more information on accessing food through FareShare
http://fuelforschool.info/ – for more information on accessing food through Fuel for School
https://network.streetgames.org/ – for more information on Street Games, who can provide training
https://www.leedsscp.org.uk/Home – for more information on safeguarding through Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership