Activity providers

If you are an activity provider and are interested in providing activities for the Nottinghamshire Holiday Activities and Food programme, you will need to complete an online application. 

All providers must read the guidance notes on the application portal alongside the grant conditions before completing the application, taking note of the assessment framework (which all applications are measured against).

Providers must answer questions IN FULL for an application to be assessed.

Before starting the application form you will be asked to create an online account with us, or to log in to your account if you already have one. 

Providers can apply for an annual grant, to cover all four holiday periods, or apply for individual holiday periods. Please take note of the cut off dates below:

  • Annual bids: Applications open 15 January 2024. Closing date 16 February 2024
  • Spring and summer: Applications open 15 January 2024. Closing date 16 February 2024
  • Autumn and winter: Applications open 29 July 2024. Closing date 9 August 2024

Priority areas

We are particularly interested in hearing from holiday activity providers that are established in the following areas and would like to consider HAF delivery for 2024:

  • Ashfield: Annesley Woodhouse, Coxmoor, Huthwaite, Selston, Skegby
  • Bassetlaw: Bircotes, Kilton, Tuxford
  • Broxtowe: Awsworth, Nuthall, Trowell
  • Gedling: Bestwood Village, Calverton, Daybrook,
  • Mansfield: Clipstone, Forest Town, Ravensdale
  • Newark & Sherwood: Bilsthorpe
  • Rushcliffe: Bingham, Cotgrave, Keyworth.

HAF application support 

If you would like support on how to apply, you can watch this how to video:

Who is this programme for?

  • Children aged 5-16 years (including 4-year-olds if in Reception) who are eligible for and receiving benefit related free school meals.

The Department for Education has also granted funds to be used to reach children, young people and families who are considered vulnerable. 15% of providers funding can be used towards offering free or subsidised holiday club places for children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

Access to the 15% would be discussed on a one-to-one basis.

What can we deliver as providers?

The programme offer is wide and varied. Current activities include:

  • Multi sports
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Craft sessions
  • Virtual reality
  • Activity days
  • High ropes
  • Forest school
  • Cooking with children and families

Resources to support providers

Food support for providers

In line with the HAF minimum standards, we encourage activity providers to research healthy options for food. Activity providers that cannot prepare food on site, are encouraged to use Healthy Options Takeaways (HOT) food providers. The HOT merit scheme is run by Nottinghamshire County Council and our District and Borough Council partners. Together we're aiming to increase the amount and variety of healthier options in takeaways across Nottinghamshire. Research HOT food providers around the county. 

Which providers can deliver the programme?

A range of providers can deliver as long as they meet the minimum standards for delivery and pass the expression of interest process. Providers that currently deliver are:

  • Youth services
  • SEND providers
  • Schools
  • Uniformed services (Scouts, Brownies etc)
  • Sports providers
  • Forest schools
  • Sports clubs
  • Food providers
  • Alternative education providers
  • Faith groups

The Holiday Activities and Food standards background information.

Please contact our team for additional information required: haf@nottscc.gov.uk.

How much demand is there?

Select the below heat map and zoom in to see free school meals take up across the county.

A heat map of free school meal take up across the county

What venues were used in 2023?

The PDF below illustrates where HAF delivery took place in 2023. If you would like to deliver a programme, please contact the HAF team to discuss your venue. 

HAF delivery venues for 2023 [PDF]

What venues were used in 2022?

The PDF below illustrates where HAF delivery took place in 2022. If you would like to deliver a programme, please contact the HAF team to discuss your venue. 

HAF delivery venues for 2022 [PDF]

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