Healthy Holidays Calderdale 2023


The Department for Education (DfE) has identified funds for local authorities to try and remove the holiday experience gap. This is where children from lower income families can lose the stimulus and physical activity from the routine of school life during the holidays. They also lose their free school meals. To address this issue, the DfE have provided each local authority with funds to provide holiday activity schemes. The funding is for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals. Part of the requirement is that a) at least one HOT meal is provided per session, and b) at least 60 minutes of physical exercise is provided per session.

We welcome applications from open access schemes, where children who are not eligible for free school meals also attend. However, the funding for these children must be sourced elsewhere. You can view a video about our previous Healthy Holidays schemes here:

These are the main objectives for eligible children:

  • To eat more healthily over the school holidays
  • To be more active during the school holidays
  • To take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and well-being along with their wider education attainment
  • To be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • To have greater knowledge of health nutrition
  • To be more engaged with school and other local services
  • To ensure that families who participate in the programme develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting
  • To signpost families towards other information and support. For example health, employment and education

Calderdale’s Programme

Calderdale Council has been allocated funds for holiday provision for children eligible for free school meals in the borough. The eligible holidays are during Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays 2023. These are referred to as Spring, Summer and Winter throughout the guidance. The number of children eligible for free school meals is currently around 8,841 although this is likely to rise. Calderdale Council is working in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) to run a funding round for the provision of holiday activity schemes in 2023. We want to fund a rich and diverse programme of activities, delivered by a wide variety of organisations. There is one round of applications in 2023. Providers are asked to use one application form to apply for one or more holiday periods – Spring (April), Summer (July/Aug/Sept), Winter (January 2024).

Applying for funds

Please click to download guidance and other supporting documents here:

Application Checklist

Guide for Providers

Data Capture Form

DfE Standards

Frequently Asked Questions

Guidelines for the Healthy Holidays Calderdale Programme 2023

Please read the guidance carefully and attach all the required documents to your application.

Please click here to apply:Apply to Healthy Holidays Calderdale 2023  

Online applications and supporting documentation will be accepted up to 11.00 am Monday 9th January 2023

Applicants will be notified of outcomes in February 2023.

Help and Further Information

There will be an information session on Wednesday 16th November 2023. Please book your tickets here:

For any help or advice about applying for funds please contact: 01422 349700

For any programme help and information please contact: can support Voluntary and Community groups with their infrastructure. This might include policy development, training needs or writing funding applications, for example

Keep refreshing the Calderdale Council Healthy Holidays webpage for updates: CMBC Healthy Holidays Webpage