Spring Activities and Food Programme 2022 #HAF

Free activities and food for children, young people and their families, who are in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals, during the Spring school holidays

Spring Activites and Food 2022

What is planned for Spring 2022:

The council has been awarded grant funding, from the Department for Education (DfE), to coordinate free activities and food, for children in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals (FSM), during the Spring, Summer and Winter school holidays in 2022.

Why we need you:

We want to offer a diverse range of events to meet the local interests and needs of children, young people and their families. We hope that by doing this that eligible children and young people across Milton Keynes, will be supported to

•eat more healthily over the school holidays;

•be more active during the school holidays;

•take part in engaging and enriching activities;

•be safe and not to be socially isolated;

•have greater knowledge of health and nutrition; and

•be more engaged with school and other local services.



Child magnify glass outside


Is your organisation able to provide activities and food during Spring 2022?

We are keen to work with organisations across Milton Keynes, and we are inviting interested organisations to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to deliver activity and food events during the Spring school holidays.

In line with the DfE grant, provision needs to be targeted for those children and young people, where the family is in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals.  We would encourage organisations to view the  Free School Meals (FSM) heatmap (PDF, 2.5MB) and consider the detail, to ensure that events are proposed in areas of need.

We also encourage organisations to consider the FAQs here (PDF, 143KB) which have been compiled to support you with any queries, along with the DfE guidance which can be found here Holiday activities and food programme 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Please note that due to the DfE grant funding arrangements it is important that any events meet the requirements set out in their guidance, this includes the duration of sessions which need to be delivered over 4 days, with sessions running for at at least 4 hours on each of the days.

Once you are ready to make your EOI, please complete the EOI Form that can be found here. (DOCX, 78KB)

Please note that the deadline for applications is midnight on 13 January 2022, any application received after this date will not be considered.

It is anticipated decisions regarding events for Spring will be made early March. It should however be noted this will be subject to receipt of further guidance, and funding,  from the DfE.




Children playing outside with parachute


Please email us at HAF@milton-keynes.gov.uk if you have any questions.


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Last Updated: 24 December 2021