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John Lyons Charity - School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF)

Who can apply?

Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) can be made by registered charities or mainstream state schools that are based in the Beneficial Area (see details below).

Organisations that are currently in receipt of a grant from John Lyon’s Charity for core services are also eligible to apply to this Fund as long as funds from the Charity are not already being used for holiday activities. You may apply for a SHAF grant this year, even if you have had three consecutive SHAF grants.

You cannot apply if you received a SHAF grant during the summer.

If you have never received funding from John Lyon’s Charity before, you are still welcome to apply for funding under the SHAF. We do, however, need you to be a member of one of the Young People’s Foundations.

Funding will be provided for activities that are additional to current delivery such as:

  • Sessional staffing costs
  • Transport for children with special needs and/or disabilities only
  • Additional sessions
  • Digital delivery
  • Other direct project costs such as equipment (not IT equipment)
  • Food, within the context of activity taking place.

What we will not Fund

We cannot provide funding under SHAF for the following:

  • We will not consider requests to cover existing permanent staff salaries
  • Laptops, tablets or mobile phones
  • School catch-up work, tutoring or curriculum-based learning
  • Trips.

How do I apply?

To apply, complete the funders online application form using their Grants Portal now. If it is your first online application to the Charity, you will need to create a new login. The online application process will provide all the information you need.

Application Deadline

Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund can be submitted at any time, but must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Summer holiday –  1 June
October half-term – 21 September
Christmas holiday – 16 November
February half-term – 18 January
Easter – 1 March
May half-term – 25 April

*Please note: The Charity’s Beneficial Area comprises of nine London boroughs. These boroughs are linked by their proximity to the two roads that were the original beneficiaries of the John Lyon Road Trust: Harrow Road and the Edgware Road. The Rules that govern the Charity’s grant-giving stipulate that 25% of grants awarded should be made to projects in Brent and 15% to Westminster; after that, each borough should receive 10% each. The boroughs are: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, City of London.