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Holiday Provision

Since 2019 Catalyst have been working with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the VCSE to coordinate and deliver a range of free school holiday activities such as sports, music, cooking, gardening, drama and crafts to children and families across the Borough. Please see details below for current funding opportunities.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) – Summer 2021.

Applications are now open for Summer Holidays (Wed 21st July – Friday 27th August) provision funding as part of the new DfE Holiday Activities & Food Programme.

The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 7th June 2021

Download the Application Form

Please refer to the Application Guidance Notes embedded in the application form before completing the Application Form.

Catalyst are holding 2 sessions to help with completing your application and the evaluation requirements: Thursday 20th May 2-3pm or Friday 21st May 9:30 – 10:30am – please email to book a place.

This year the DFE (Department for Education) has provided grant funding to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to coordinate free holiday provision through the Holiday Activities & Food programme. This will include delivering healthy food and enriching activities to local children eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Local authorities are asked to ensure that the offer of free holiday club provision is available for all children eligible for free school meals in our area though we would not expect all eligible children to participate. Please note if your grant is approved you will be required to provide monitoring and evaluation information on your attendees and delivery once the programme has finished (evaluation spreadsheet embedded in the application form). Please ensure that consent forms have been completed as this will form part of the conditions of the Grant Agreement.

Download the consent form
Download session registers

The aim of the programme is to make free places available to children eligible for free school meals for the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week and for four weeks across summer holidays.

This Summer provision opportunities will be promoted via local schools, and schools will be given the opportunity to refer into funded projects. Grant holders must be willing to engage with schools in the referral process of eligible children and young people.

Based on this latest guidance we envisage that provision will be a mix of indoor, outdoor and digital provision. Where possible, we encourage face to face provision in line with the protective measures guidance.

If you have any questions please contact Karen Grundy, Strategic Programme Manager: 01642 265782 or email

Holiday Enrichment Programme (HEP)

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council have continued to fund half term holiday provision for children eligible for free school meals.

Applications for this programme are currently closed.

If you have any questions regarding the school holiday programmes please contact:

Karen Grundy, Strategic Programme Manager: 01642 265782 or email