Space2Grow #17 - Holiday Activity Fund, Summer & Christmas 2021

Space 2 Grow#17 is launched to as the second installment of funding to distribute central government funding to Young Barnet Foundation members to deliver activities in the Summer and Winter 2021 school holiday periods along with food.    

Key  Information

What are you able to apply for: 

  • Enriching Activity during the holiday period with food for children and young people on Free School Meals (or financially challenged families)

What you are applying to deliver: 

  • 4 weeks of 4 sessions, of a minimum 4 hours in the summer holiday period (and optional 4 days of 4 hours at Christmas).

  • Must supply, or have provided to you, healthy meals*  

  • Provide an aspect of nutritional education (training and support documentation provided)

  • Free access.  

*speak to Young Barnet Foundation if you cannot provide your own food and need support in sourcing this food. 

More details are provided in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page. 

Key Dates: 

Application open date: Wednesday 21st April 2021

Closing Date: Sunday 16th May 2021; 23:59

Total Amount Available to Award:  N/A

Maximum any one award:  N/A Applicants are awarded funding based on a price per child basis.  

Application Review Timings :  Panel Meeting week commencing 7th June 2021

Awards Announced: week commencing 14th June 2021



We have listened to your feedback and after discussions with our partners we are pleased to announce that we have managed to secure further flexibility on the criteria of this funding relating to number of hours and days of delivery.

The requirement to deliver 4 hours per day for 4 days over 4 weeks has been REMOVED. The only remaining minimum requirement is that you must deliver for at least 4 hours of provision per day.

You can now plan to deliver for up to 16 days across no fixed time frame - for example, you could offer 15 days delivery over 3 weeks. If you can only commit to delivering over a shorter period, please contact us for discussions.
In addition to this we are exploring ways to bring
additional funding in to the scheme.
If a
venue is a barrier to delivery during the summer holidays we are also looking at securing free or low cost spaces, please get in contact if you are interested in exploring this.



An update to information below to follow.  


Step 1


Read Member Briefing Document, Eligibility Criteria Summary 

Member Briefing Document
Eligibility Criteria

Scroll down to Read the Eligibility Criteria Summary and FAQs

Step 2



This video is of the the Members Holiday Activity Fund Workshop on Wednesday 28th April 13:00

Step 3



Please compete the Expression of interest form.  

This will help us understand the projects being planned across the Borough and you can request support from our team. 

Step 4


Step 4.a) Before you start the online application you need to download and complete the following Funding Allocation Form that will need to be completed, saved and then attached to the application.    

Download and Complete

Step 4.b) We also advise you to have ready the following documents ready to upload into the application;

- Safeguarding Policy

- Copy of Bank Statement (within last 3 months and redacted) or Paying in Slip. 

Step 5

Download Application Form


Note you cannot save the application form mid completion.  We therefore recommend downloading the attached paper copy to draft responses

Full Terms and Conditions can also be downloaded. 

Download T&Cs

Eligibility Criteria Summary and FAQ's


Context to this round of funding

The School   holidays   can   be   particular pressure points for some families because of increased   costs (such   as   food   and childcare) and reduced incomes, indeed COVID-19 has impacted some families severely.  Therefore, more children are much less likely to be able to access organised activities.  Furthermore, some of these children can suffer food insecurity leading to an unhealthy holiday in terms of nutrition and physical health as well as the resulting isolation.

Young Barnet Foundation have been working with The Mayor’s Fund  for London Kitchen Social  programme as part of the steering/development group, to bring more holiday provision to Barnet to address these needs.  A number of these projects have been running under the name of Kitchen Social Projects. 

The Department for Education is rolling a Holiday Activities, with Food Programme out in every Borough.  Barnet as our Local Authority, Young Barnet Foundation and a number of partners are working together to launch the Holiday Activity programme in Barnet.

Barnet Council Family Services, Young Barnet Foundation and wider partners are now tasked with implementing a local approach to this.  Our vision is that together we will reach 4000 children.    

Further explanation is available in the Member Briefing Document



Who can apply

This fund is open to Young Barnet Foundation VCSE members who deliver activities and services for children and young people living or at school/college in the London Borough of Barnet. Applicants must have been a member as at Tuesday 2oth April 2021 to be eligible to apply for this funding. 

Application Process

Application is via the online application form only.    It has been designed to be as simple as possible but due to this being public funds we have to ensure sufficient information is collected .  Please note that once you start the form you cannot save it and come back to it later.   

In addition, the application process has altered to previous rounds, where a spreadsheet (Found below) must be completed and attached to the online form.    

What can we apply for?

Funding to deliver, or support the delivery of, FREE activities with food during the Summer and Christmas 2021 Holidays.   Read the Minimum Eligibility Criteria document for more details.    Each session must be a minimum of 4 hours and provide food.  Funding will be for 16 days over the Summer period and 4 days over the Christmas period.    You will be awarded £9 per person per session (minimum 4 hours).  

How many people can apply for? 

Due to the current guidelines that predict restrictions will have been lifted there is no maximum number of young people per session that you can apply for.    Should you be requesting a large number of young people you will be asked to evidence how you think you can fill all the places.  

Does it matter which 4 days in a week we run the activities?

No.   Although feedback on the Easter schemes is that for week day offer Monday to Thursday offer was better as Friday saw a drop off in numbers. 


What if we are intending to operate from multiple locations or multiple sessions? 

Please contact Ben Grabham in our grants team regarding multiple locations as at submissions you will need to provide ONE online application but a Funding Allocation Form for EACH location/session

Does the Food need to be hot or cold? 

For the Summer and Christmas period, meals should be hot and as nutritious as possible.   Please speak to our staff team should this be an issue as we may be able to join you with relevant support. 

What if we cannot provide food ourselves? 

If you cannot produce or provide the food then you can still apply and food will be made available -  you will receive a less amount per child.  If this is the case, you must call CEO Janet Matthewson on 020 3621 6090 before you start your application.  

Can this be used with other funding?

Yes it can.  This funding can be used to top up existing funding such as John Lyon's Charity School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF).  Please note the closing date for SHAF is 1st June 2021

Can this be used along side our paid for service?

Yes it can.  If you usually run a paid for service then you can use this money to offer FREE places for children on Free School meals or with financial hardship. 

We won't be doing face to face activities but intend to do online delivery.

Please call our CEO Janet Matthewson on 020 3621 6090 to discuss as the delivery has to compliment the council's online delivery, but yes you may still be eligible for funding.   

What will the questions ask me? 

We recommend downloading a paper version of the application form to see the questions and draft your responses before starting the online form. 

Can Young Barnet help me with my application? 

Our member offer includes support for members with funding applications.  Whilst we will not write the application we can review applications before submission.  Please contact Debra Yardley on  for support.   You can also indicate you would like support by completing the Expression of Interest Form

We need to update our Food Hygiene certificates, where can we do this? 

Food hygiene training - Visit here 

Food allergen training - Visit here  

(Note we are not endorsing this course, but have found it to be cost effective)

What are the Monitoring and Evaluation requirements? 

Because this funding originates from the Department of Education and is linked to free school meals there is specific requirements that must be met.   We recommend downloading an example of the Monitoring and Evaluation form which will need to be uploaded via the online M&E form along with a photo, quote from a young person and a quote from a staff member / volunteer

What about if I am unsure of Christmas Delivery? 

You do not need to apply for Christmas delivery now, we will open a further round in the Autumn, but to reduce the amount of administration for both members and Young Barnet Foundation you are eligible to apply once for both holiday periods.  

Can we apply more than once.

No, due to the administration stresses on our small organisation we ask that you only apply once in this round of funding. 

Young Barnet Foundation recommend reading the full criteria here before you begin your application

Space2Grow#17 -  

Space2Grow #17 is funded by the Department of Education Holiday Activity fund and delivered in partnership with London Borough of Barnet. 

Space2Grow, Space2Grow Childrens and Young People's Fund and Logo are branding of Young Barnet Foundation and relate to the small grant funding rounds distributed by Young Barnet Foundation on behalf of the charity and our partners. 

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