IWC – Grants available to provide free Christmas activities for children and young people

In News by Bembridge PC

Apply now for grant funding to host free activities for children and young people during the Christmas holidays.

Whether you’re a nursery, school, college, youth group or community and voluntary sector organisation, you can apply!

The Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) aims to provide healthy food and physical activities for children and young people aged five to 16 who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals during school holidays.

Twelve organisations are lined up to take part in the programme over summer, providing a nutritious meal and healthy activities, from horse riding and theatre skills to sports coaching and soft play sessions.

Councillor Debbie Andre, who leads on children’s services, education and skills at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “Are you a school, group or organisation that runs activities during the school holidays?

“If so, why not apply for grant funding to provide some free places for eligible children? The council’s team is here to help you through the process and to make it as simple as possible.

“School holidays can be particularly difficult for families because of increased costs, such as food and childcare and reduced incomes — in many cases made worse by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This means some children and young people are less likely to access organised out-of-school activities and can miss out on the social and health benefits of such activities.

“By taking part in a free holiday club where a nutritious meal is provided, children who might otherwise miss out, get to enjoy the same enriching experiences as many of their friends and peers.”

To apply, visit or e-mail for more information.