Henry Smith Charity – Holiday Grants for Children

Grant Sources

Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities.

Maximum value:  £2,500

Objectives of Fund

The Charity aims to provide children aged 13 years or younger who are disadvantaged, disabled or from areas of high deprivation with a recreational holiday or outing they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

Value Notes

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available.

Funding is available for a maximum of two consecutive years.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is required as grants are normally limited to a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of the trip.

Who Can Apply

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply.


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.
  • 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.

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.

Eligible Expenditure

Applications can be made for grants towards a single trip, which could be residential or a day trip, within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, are experiencing disadvantage, or those who have a disability. The Charity is particularly interested in funding trips for children located in the bottom 20% of the National Indices of Deprivation.

Applications can be considered for holidays or outings that have the objective of providing children with a break they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Holidays or outings can be to countryside or city locations, but must be outside the children’s immediate locality. Funding is available for day-trips as well as longer residential trips.

How To Apply

The deadline periods for 2017 are:

  • 2 May 2017 – 21 July 2017 (for trips between 1 July 2017 – 31 August 2017).
  • 3 July 2017 – 17 November 2017 (for trips between 1 September 2017 – 31 December 2017).

Decisions will be made on a first come first served basis.

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

An application form and a set of guidelines can be found on the Charity’s website. The application form should be completed and submitted online.

All applications (except those from schools) must be accompanied by a copy of the organisation’s most recent audited or independently inspected accounts, and a detailed budget and fundraising strategy for the trip or holiday which explains where the balance of funds will be/have been raised.


Contact Details:  The Henry Smith Charity, 6th Floor, 65 Leadenhall Street, London.  EC3A 2AD

Tel: 020 7264 4970


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