Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children

Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to a recreational holiday or outing for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation and who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

  • One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available.

  • Priority will be given to the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. This means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation.

  • Successful organisations are expected to send a short report on the trip within three months of it having taken place.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Trips outside of the UK.

  • Trips to theme parks or similar high cost attractions.

  • Trips for children over the age of 13 years.

  • Multiple trips with the same group of children.

  • Trips with a focus on education rather than fun.

  • Trips for families.

  • Trips for individual children.

  • Organisations that provide Children’s Holidays.

  • The running costs of play or holiday schemes.

  • Trips that have already taken place.

  • Trips to pantomimes.

  • Trips to sporting events.

  • Organisations with an income of expenditure of over £2 million (unless a school).

  • Organisations that have already received three years' funding, will not be considered for a further application until two years after the last grant was awarded.

How To Apply

The submission dates vary depending on when trips or holidays take place.

Applications for 2019 will be considered as follows:

  • Applications will be accepted between 1 March and 30 April 2019 for holidays taken between 1 May and 30 June 2019.

  • Applications will be accepted between 1 May and 2 July 2019 for holidays taken between 1 July and 31 August 2019.

  • Applications will be accepted between 3 July and 16 November 2019 for holidays taken between 1 September and 31 December 2019.

All applications should be received at least six weeks before the date of the trip to allow for administrative processing and decision making.

An online application form and a set of guidelines can be found on the Charity's website https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/