Holiday Grants

Funding guidelines

Please note: this fund is currently closed to applications.

These pages contain a summary of the guidelines for this programme. For a fuller explanation of what we can and cannot fund, please download the full guidelines.

You can ask us to help towards a day trip or a longer holiday of up to seven days. These can be to the countryside or a city, but must be within the UK and outside of children’s immediate localities. Examples include camping, trips to adventure activity centres or the seaside.

We prioritise applications that will benefit disadvantaged or disabled children living in the most deprived areas of the UK. For Holiday Grants this means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation*.

We can be more flexible on levels of deprivation where disabled children are involved, but it will still be one factor in our assessment.

This programme is always oversubscribed so, if you wish to apply for a grant for disadvantaged children from more affluent areas, the case for support must be clearly explained in your application.

There are four rounds of applications each year, and grants are made on a first come first served basis until the available funding for that round has been fully allocated. You must apply at least six weeks before your trip or holiday is due to take place.

* More information on this can be found on our Frequent Questions page.


Date/s of trip in 2020 Dates when applications considered
1 February – 30 April: CLOSED. All funds for this period have now been allocated
1 May – 30 June: CLOSED. All funds for this period have now been allocated
1 July – 2 September: Not currently accepting applications
3 September – 31 December: Not currently accepting applications


We cannot fund overseas trips or holidays, trips for children over the age of 13, trip to pantomimes, theme parks or similar high cost attractions, trips that focus on education rather than fun, multiple trips, trips for families or for individual children, or the running costs of play or holiday schemes.

We can fund organisations for two consecutive calendar years, but they must then wait two years before making another application.