How to get involved as a FEAST provider

Do you want to receive a grant to deliver free holiday activities for young people?

Are you already running activity that you could offer free places on if you received a grant?

Read on to find out more!

Or if check out our other pages if you are ready to apply for a grant or have already been offered a grant.

What is FEAST?

The Department for Education is providing funding to local authorities to coordinate a holiday programme combining the provision of healthy food and enriching activities to eligible children and young people.

North Yorkshire Council has commissioned North Yorkshire Together, a partnership between Rural Arts, North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth, as lead provider for the programme in North Yorkshire.

How do I get involved?

North Yorkshire Together runs a grant programme where providers of all types can apply to receive funding to deliver activities to eligible children and young people during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays.

We accept applications from voluntary, community, public sector and private organisations (including limited companies and self-employed freelancers) to enable delivery of a rich and diverse offer in locations across the county.

Participating as a FEAST Provider will be of interest to existing holiday activity providers, schools, sports coaches, creative and performing arts providers and more!

An overview of the process of being a FEAST provider is below.

To find out more, visit our Applying for a FEAST grant page.

FEAST is a programme for eligible children from Reception to Year 11 inclusive.

Any child who receive benefits-related Free School Meals in North Yorkshire is eligible for a free FEAST place. 

Benefits-related Free School Meals (FSM) are available to pupils if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits, and have a claim verified by their school or local authority. 

Note: All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in England’s state-funded schools receive a free meal under the universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) policy. Infant pupils who receive a free meal under UIFSM must also otherwise be eligible for benefits-related FSM to be able to access a free place on the FEAST programme. 

Schools, at their discretion, are able to make additional children eligible by exception. For more information, read our Frequently Asked Question on eligibility here. 

We accept applications from the following organisations:

  • Association or Trust
  • Community Interest Company
  • Company (limited by guarantee)
  • Formally constituted club
  • Education Establishment
  • Local Authority
  • Registered Charity
  • Registered CASC
  • Self-Employed
  • Unregistered Club or Association
  • Other

Previous examples of providers we have worked with include: holiday activity providers, schools, sports coaches, creative & performing arts providers and many others.

FEAST is a DfE Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme. All HAF programmes adhere to the DfE’s Framework of Standards, which includes specific standards around:

  • Food provision
  • Enrichment
  • Physical Activity
  • Increasing awareness of healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, and positive behaviours
  • Signposting and referrals and supporting families
  • Policies and procedures

Full and up-to-date information can be found on the DfE website. Our Application Guidance translates these minimum requirements into a FEAST specific context. FEAST reserves the right to require more robust delivery than the DfE Framework of Standards.

Support from North Yorkshire Together:

There will be a range of support available to providers, including but not limited to support on how to provide: 

  • food that meets the school standards (see our FEAST programme food toolkit here) 
  • physical activities that meet the HAF guidelines 
  • enrichment activities that meet the HAF guidelines 
  • nutritional education to FEAST participants and their parents/carers to meet the HAF guidelines 
  • support and signposting to families of FEAST participants to meet the HAF guidelines 
  • Inclusive and accessible environments 

North Yorkshire Together can also provide support to increase your capacity outside the parameters of the Holiday Activities and Food programme, as well as on a range of topics not included above. 

Further, North Yorkshire Council Libraries team can offer story-times and activity sessions for your programme, a collection of books for those wanting a quiet moment, or simply be there to talk about why books and reading are great activities. To access services please use the contact details below: 


Support from external providers

  • Streets Games are running webinars to support organisations to have built the confidence to put themselves forward for Holiday Activities and Food programme funding, by sharing learning from previous holiday programmes and signposting to resources that can help with their applications.
  • Active Recovery Hub has been created with schools in mind but can be used by anyone. The hub is offering over 250 resources intentionally designed to spark ideas, to boost children and young people’s health and wellbeing by promoting physical activity.
  • Community First Yorkshire – Provide practical support to voluntary and community organisations, parish councils and social enterprises through their networks, projects, and services. We will also be using community First Yorkshire to advertise volunteering opportunities providers want to promote.
  • Club Matters – this is Sport England’s one stop shop for clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable and successful.
  • Yorkshire & Humber Learning Community – Online learning hub provided by North Yorkshire Sport, Active Humber, and Yorkshire Sport Foundation for anyone delivering exercise, sport or wellbeing in a community setting, club, or school.
  • Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) active – Top tips for those delivering activity and signposting to other support to help you get the physical activity part of your holiday provision right
  • Change4 life – Discover sugar swaps, healthy recipes, nutritional advice, and top tips and activities to help your kids stay healthy. 

The Department for Education has given all local authorities in England funding to deliver a Holiday Activities and Food programme. FEAST is the Holiday Activities and Food programme for North Yorkshire. 

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