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John Lyon's Charity Announcement: School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF)


The Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays.  This includes all half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas and the summer holidays.

Grants of up to £4,000 are available to enable registered charities and mainstream state schools to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays.

The John Lyon’s Charity’s School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) will pay for the running costs of holiday programmes which provide activities in accordance with current Government Guidelines for young people in the boroughs of:

  • Barnet,
  • Brent,
  • Camden,
  • Ealing,
  • Hammersmith & Fulham,
  • Harrow,
  • Kensington & Chelsea,
  • Westminster,
  • City of London.

Costs could include sessional staffing costs, transport for children with special needs and/or disabilities, digital delivery, equipment, and food during activities.

The Fund is considered six times a year to coincide with school holiday periods.  Application forms may be submitted at any time but no later than: 

  • Summer holiday – 1 June 
  • October half-term – 21 September 
  • Christmas holiday – 16 November 
  • February half-term – 18 January 
  • Easter – five weeks before Easter Monday 
  • May half-term – 25 April 

Application forms may be submitted at any time but no later than the 18th January 2022 for activities taking place during the February half-term.