Food and Fun Programme Fund

Find out about how organisations can apply for funding to run our school holiday activity and food programme for children aged 4 to 16 on benefits related free school meals, and how to sign up.

About the programme

Southwark Council has been awarded funding by the Department for Education (DfE) to co-ordinate the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) across the borough of Southwark. The programme will deliver free activities and healthy food for school aged children and young people aged 4 to 16 years old and eligible for and in receipt of benefit-related Free School Meals (FSM) during the Easter, summer and winter school holidays from 2022 to 2024.

We want our programme to help local families needing additional support to get free, healthy food and fun activities.

Each programme will provide:

  • free, fun nutritious and tasty food
  • fun physical activity sessions
  • a wide range of other exciting activities to suit different ages and personalities
  • opportunities to learn more about food and nutrition for children and their families

We're inviting holiday providers such as schools, voluntary, faith and community organisations to apply to be part of the council’s Approved Providers List for the Food and Fun programme (which is the council’s HAF programme). Interested providers can apply to be part of the list at any time during the duration of the list. Applications to the Approved Providers List will be evaluated once per year during this period.

Applying for funding

Organisations applying for funding to run holiday programmes must become approved providers.

The most recent application period was closed on 8 December 2023 for organisations to be considered for 2024 HAF Food and Fun delivery.

The Department of Education funding for this programme will be discontinued in December 2024. As a result, the Food and Fun programme cannot accept any further applications from organisations to become approved providers in 2024. If funding becomes available and applications re-open, this webpage will be updated.

An information session was held earlier in the year where the holiday programme team went through the application process. To request a link to view the recording of this session, email

Applications can be made via the online form link at the bottom of the page. 

A series of documents need to be submitted by email to the holiday programme team in addition to completing this form. Please read the information in the documents below before starting your application. 

We look forward to receiving your application!

View our guidance documents:

Apply for funding online

Page last updated: 17 May 2024


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