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Summer Programme 2024 Grant Award Scheme

The aim of the fund is to enhance equity in holiday provision for children and families living in poverty who may experience barriers to accessing food, childcare and activities during the holidays.

Funding of up to £5,000 is available to public and third sector (voluntary organisations and community groups) to deliver holiday activities and experiences, integrating food and wider family support where needed, and targeted at children, young people and families in the priority groups listed below.

Who the funding is intended to reach

The funding is aimed at school age children age 5-14 from low income households. Applications are welcomed from public and third sector organisations that will deliver enhanced holiday activities and experiences throughout the summer of 2024 for the following targeted groups:

  • Children from lone parent families
  • Children from ethnic minority families
  • Children from families with a disabled adult or child
  • Children from families with a young mother (under 25)
  • Children from families with a child under 1 year old
  • Children from larger families (3+ children)
  • Vulnerable children and young people (with an additional support need, care experienced, young carers, in need of protection, supported by a child's plan, those who have undergone significant transitions, for example, starting in ELC, primary or secondary school). This also includes pre-school and 14+.
  • Children and young people from other low income groups.

This application process for Summer Programme 2024 Grant Award Scheme has now closed

How applications are assessed

Applications are assessed by a decision panel with representatives of the West Lothian Community Learning and Development Steering Board. Their aim is to allocate funding to organisations who are likely to have the greatest positive impact for the target groups.   

An assessment process is in place and a panel will meet to assess the applications and applicants will be informed of the outcome by 28 April 2024.  

The guidance recommends making awards to organisations based on evidence that shows they contribute to the guiding principles that underpin the approach for Summer 2024: 

  • Partnership Working, building on existing services, assets and knowledge.
  • Co-creation of services with children, young people and families.
  • Moving towards a coordinated, integrated programme of childcare, activities and food, that promotes inclusion and aims to remove barriers to participation.

Food Criteria

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that every child in Scotland has the best possible start in life and that includes making sure that our children have access to healthy and nutritious food.

This criterion is not intended to replace or describe current Government nutrient guidelines for food provision in schools, rather it is aimed at helping organisations who are providing food as part of this fund to plan and provide a meal that supports children and young people's health and wellbeing, whilst being nutritious and enjoyable.

A nutritious lunch can comprise hot or cold foods that may be shop bought or cooked in-house.

Food provision should comply with the following criteria


Drinks provided should be:

  • plain water (fizzy or still)
  • milk, (all varieties)
  • caffeine free, sugar-free drinks (fizzy or still)

What cannot be funded are:

  • Full sugar drinks, including energy drinks, milkshakes and smoothies.


The meal should contain vegetables or fruit as per the five a day recommendation

When purchasing food, try and use the traffic light system (opens new window) and avoid foods and drinks high (red) in saturated fats, sugars or salt.

Please note that rehydrated pot meals cannot be funded and we ask that you avoid deep fried foods.


Please be mindful of the use of high fat, salt and sugary products such as cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, pastries, ice cream and crisps, limited provision is anticipated.

It recommended to have freely available bread, basic salad vegetables, and fruit that children can fill up on if still hungry.

Support Available

Support is available to help you develop your application.

Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

Evaluating the project will provide funders with information on delivery and reach of the funding, as well as helping inform future policy and practice. A template reporting form will be sent to you at the end of the project.

The evaluation must be completed and returned to (opens new window) no later than 31 August 2024. 

Health Advice

For the most up to date health advice please visit NHS Inform (opens new window)

Staff, Volunteer and Service User Safety

Local authorities should ensure the organisations they work with have appropriate processes for safeguarding and data protection in relation to employees, volunteers and the people they are supporting.

Food Standards & Safety


Many of the standards in the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020 will apply to holiday provision on school premises. In general, all of the Regulations that apply to food and drink provided on school premises will also apply to third party providers. It is recommended to engage with local authority catering leads who will be aware of what applies, to whom and when.

Further detail can also be found in the Healthy Eating in Schools 2020 guidance (opens new window) which is statutory guidance designed to support implementation of the Regulations. Even where the Regulations do not apply, it would be good practice to consider this guidance for holiday provision particularly where meals such as breakfasts and lunches are being provided.


Allergy UK (opens new window) has useful factsheets on managing allergies.

  • Food information regulations - Natasha's Law

From 1 October 2021, changes to the Food Information Regulations 2014 came into effect, adding new labelling requirements for food that is pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS).

Environment and sustainable delivery

Local authorities and other partners are encouraged to consider how sustainable development can be reflected in their ethos, day-to-day operations and throughout the delivery of their programmes.

Some practices that local authorities may wish to consider are:

  • Minimising the use of single-use plastics.
  • Where possible using locally sourced food and ingredients.
  • Making use of food surplus organisations.
  • Ensuring there is a wide range of recycling and compost facilities for waste
  • Growing fruit and vegetables and showing how they can be used and cooked.
  • Encouraging uniform banks/exchange schemes.
  • Encouraging active travel and use of public transport, promoting the young person's free bus travel scheme.
  • Encouraging children to engage with environmental issues and take a leading role in sustainable practices.