New funding for organisations to research ways of supporting disadvantaged families during the school holidays has been launched by the Department for Education.
The £2 million investment in the Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund will go towards exploring how best to help the most disadvantaged children to benefit from healthy meals and enriching activities.
Organisations across the country are being invited to apply for a share of the funding pot and will be encouraged to work across a number of regions, or in partnership with other experts.
“It is important to ensure that every child has the very best start in life and I am delighted with the announcement of this research funding. Healthy meals are vital, not only to children’s development but also to their attainment in school, and I encourage local charities and organisations to take part in the research”.
The Government announced in January that it would undertake initial research in 2018 followed by a targeted pilot programme in the 2019 Easter and summer holidays.
The bid round will be open from 28 March until 18 April 2018. There will be a separate bidding process for participation in the 2019 Easter and summer pilots. Organisations can bid for the funding on Contracts Finder
The research funding follows on from the announcement last week of up to £26 million to be invested in school breakfast clubs, which will be funded through the soft drinks industry levy. It will benefit over 1,770 schools across the country and will be run by two charities - Family Action and Magic Breakfast.