Holiday Grants for Children


Please note: due to high demand our Holiday Grant Programme for 2014 is now closed.

We expect to re-open the programme in November 2014 for trips taking place in 2015, but please check back here nearer the time for confirmation before applying.


The purpose of this scheme is to provide children with a recreational holiday or outing they would not otherwise have the opportunity to access. This means that we will not fund trips where the primary purpose is education. You must make a clear case for the financial need of the individuals attending as well as the organisation applying.

Applications can be made for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation*, are experiencing disadvantage, or who have a disability. We will consider trips for children who live in deprived circumstances within an otherwise affluent area, according to the National Indices for Deprivation, but the case for support must be clearly explained.

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities are all eligible to apply. Trips can be to countryside or city locations, but must be outside the children”s immediate locality. We are able to fund day-trips as well as longer residential trips, but are less likely to fund trips to high cost attractions (e.g. theme parks).

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 can be considered. We will only fund a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a holiday as we expect some of the funding to be raised elsewhere but please be aware that, even if we are able to make a grant to your organisation, we may not be able to award you the full amount you ask for.

It is important to us that no child be excluded on financial grounds from a trip we are supporting.

Your organisation may receive funding for a maximum of three consecutive years. If your organisation has already received three years' funding, we will not consider a further application until two years after the last grant was awarded. Each application is considered on its own merits, but demand for our grants is high and always exceeds the budget available so, we cannot guarantee that each application will be successful.

If you already have a current grant with us through one of our other grant programmes you cannot apply to the Holiday Grant programme until it is finished.

* by “areas of high deprivation” we mean those that fall within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further details.


How to apply

You should apply by completing the Holiday Grants Application form, which can be downloaded using the links at the bottom of this page.

  • Please answer every question on the application form
  • You may enclose additional information, but this should not exceed two pages
  • Please ensure you enclose all the documents and information we ask you for
  • All applications (except those from schools) must be accompanied by a copy of your organisation's most recent audited or independently inspected accounts, and
  • a detailed budget and fundraising strategy for the trip or holiday which explains where the balance of funds will be/have been raised.

Your application should be posted to us with your latest audited or independently inspected accounts (NB: schools are not required to send accounts) to:

Applications — Holiday Grants
The Henry Smith Charity
6th Floor, 65 Leadenhall Street
London EC3A 2AD

It usually takes between six and eight weeks for decisions to be made on applications.

It is important that your application is submitted at the appropriate time. You must ensure that your application reaches us at least four weeks before your trip takes place. This year, applications will be considered based on the date of the trip as shown below. Decisions will be made for each period on a first come first served basis. 


Date/s of Trip Dates when Applications Considered
1 February - 30 April 2014 Applications accepted   1 November 2013 - 31 March 2014
1 May - 30 June 2014 Applications accepted   1 March - 31 May 2014
1 July - 10 November 2014 Applications accepted   1 May - until funds exhausted   the grant programme is now closed, as all funds have been allocated.

We reserve the right to share information received from applicants requesting funding, and from those in receipt of funding from us, with other grantmakers, unless an organisation expressly requests otherwise.  Knowingly providing false information will invalidate any application or grant.


Telling Us About Your Trip

If you are awarded a grant, you will be expected to send us a short report on the trip within three months of it having taken place.

Your report must include:

  • Confirmation that the grant has been spent on the purpose for which it was given — i.e. the trip that you told us about in your original application. If not, please explain.
  • Information about how the trip went, how many children benefited, what they gained or learned from it, and any practical results it has produced. Include details of any useful lessons learned that will inform you future work, or that could be of use to others.
  • Confirm of whether or not the trip was delivered within budget. If it was not, for example if you have over or under spent, please explain the reasons for this.

If your organisation does not submit a final report, or your report does not cover these questions, we will not be able to consider further requests for funding.


For further information please contact Jo Marren on 020 7264 4978.


Downloadable Documents

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Holiday Grant Guidelines - Word

Holiday Grant Guidelines - PDF

Holiday Grant Application Form - Word

Holiday Grant Application Form - PDF


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