Funds to alleviate holiday hunger

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY!  Deadline: Midnight Wednesday 23rd January 2019.


What’s the funding for?

This funding is to provide fun activities and food for 5-16yr olds to tackle holiday hunger experienced by children across Tower Hamlets over school summer holidays 2019.  Cross-sector organisations brought together through the Food Partnership are putting together a bid for Tower Hamlets for the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2019 funding which will be coordinated by Poplar HARCA. This application form is for organisations across Tower Hamlets to apply for a role in the delivery of summer holiday children’s activities in 2019. 


What this means for my organisation?

In practical terms this funding is for you to deliver summer holiday activities for school age children (5-16yrs) for 4 weeks over the summer holidays providing one meal to each child.  If you are already doing something similar, then this funding can go towards that service as long as a meal is provided. Activities are open to all children (i.e. not just those on free school meals) but all participants will have to fill in what we hope will be a simple form. 


What is expected?

Your programme must run for 4 weeks and ideally 4 days each week, however if you would like to only do 1 or 2 days this is also possible, especially consider linking up with another project.  Each session must last 4 hours and comprise 4 minimum requirements:

       Food – one healthy meal for each child
       Enriching Activity – something fun and positive for children’s (and parents) development
       Physical Activity – getting children active during the holidays
       Nutritional Education – something each session to improve awareness of health nutritional


What type of activity does it need to be?

It really could be anything that meets the above criteria.  Other partners are proposing reading clubs, swimming, kayaking, exercise, drama, play, crafts etc.  You could do: forest schools, growing, cooking, farming, play, arts – or anything else you know you can deliver well, are qualified/experienced to do and importantly know that children will enjoy.


What are the options for providing food?

Although it is a key part of this bid, don’t be put off if you aren’t experienced at providing meals for children, for many organisations this is something they are not currently doing.  So you need to decide if you want to:

       Prepare and serve the meal yourself: if you have everything already in place (capacity, experience, and qualifications)
       Learn to deliver this: If you have a kitchen but need training, this that can be arranged.
       Link with someone who can do this: get another organisation locally to provide the food.
       Buy-in: you can add a budget to source in packed lunches (with support from other partners).


How much money is available?

There is no set amounts, you need to outline clearly what you plan to deliver and how much this will cost.  The bid for £1m is to be spent borough wide so there is enough money to fund a quality service but please be realistic about how much you ask for (neither too high or too low).  Do get in touch if you would like to discuss.


Interested! What next?

You will need to act QUICKLY – the strict deadline is midnight Wednesday 23rd of January but we suggest you make a draft sooner or discuss.  Don’t be put off by the jargon - no one is winning this bid unless a broad cross section of organisations such as community centres, farms, and youth clubs are part of it.


I want more information or need support to submit a bid!

We want to make getting involved with this project as accessible as possible.  If you would like more information, would like to discuss you project idea, or need help filling in the form please contact either:

         Alison Roberts at Tower Hamlets CVS:
         Bala Thakrar at Poplar HARCA:
         Beth Summers at WEN (Food Partnership):