Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Summer holidays

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) grant application process for the summer holidays is now open for Slough.

The Department for Education (DfE) is providing funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children during the 2021 Summer and Christmas holidays.

In Slough there are approximately 5,000 children eligible for free school meals. This year the Department for Education will be providing grant funding to coordinate free holiday provision - including healthy food and activities - for children who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM). It will be optional for eligible children to attend this provision.

We are seeking to engage with a wide network of community-based organisations, including existing holiday care providers, schools, childminders, sports coaching, creative and performing arts providers and many others. Healthy meals must also be provided, and each activity session must last for a minimum of four hours a day, for at least four days a week for:

  • four weeks in the summer, and
  • a week at Christmas.

Grants will be awarded to organisations who can demonstrate an ability to deliver:

  • high quality enriching activities
  • provide healthy meals
  • skills, activities/classes aimed at helping children and their parents to make healthy and affordable choices
  • a positive legacy that lasts longer than the experience.

For further details, read our grant application guidance below.

For enquiries please emails HAF@slough.gov.uk quoting HAF in the subject line.

Register on the portal to apply for the grant

If you are interested in applying for this grant you will need to register on the SE Shared Services portal and access the application forms there. Please see below instructions of how to register onto our e-procurement portal free of charge.

Visit the SE Shared Services (In-tend) e-Tendering Portal and click 'register' on the top right. 

How to use the Shared Services eTendering System

There are various help and support tools under the Help/Guidance tabs, these include:

  • YouTube style learning guides
  • documents on using every area of the system
  • contact us option (email or phone).

Please note that Surrey County Council provides the portal support service to new suppliers, so if you do require help with your registration please email myhelpdeskfinance@surreycc.gov.uk or call 0300 200 1011.