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Group Project Funding

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1. When can I apply? open accordion arrow

Unfortunately we have now closed for Group applications in 2017

2. Who can apply? open accordion arrow

We can accept applications from voluntary and public sector organisations. If you are applying from a voluntary sector organisation and are not a registered charity then you must normally have a governing document, at least 3 trustees and have your own bank account.

Families who go on the group trips should be living on a low income*, not be going on holiday this year and be unlikely to afford a day out.

*household income must be less than £24,000

3. What can I apply for? open accordion arrow

We can provide funding towards days out or short breaks for groups of families to go away together. This can include things like transport costs, entrance fees, food and accommodation.

4. How much can I apply for? open accordion arrow

We expect to make a contribution of around £10 per head for a day trip.

Our average contribution for an overnight stay / short break was £40 per head in 2016.

This means we often make a contribution towards overall costs of a trip rather than fully fund the costs of a trip ourselves.

We recognise that sometimes it costs more to help particularly vulnerable families or do something more in-depth than a one off trip. If you apply for something more complex or expensive then please explain why in the application form and we will consider it when we assess your application.

For example we would consider a higher level of funding for a group where specialist equipment was essential or for families who are particularly difficult to engage. We would not normally consider a higher level of funding for a trip to an expensive theme park.

5. How often can I apply? open accordion arrow

We will accept one application per organisation per grant round. You can apply for more than one trip on the same application form.

6. What happens if I am unsuccessful? open accordion arrow

We’ll give you some feedback and let you know whether it would be worth submitting an application for a similar project or something different in future.

Sometimes a strong application might not be successful simply because there is high demand in a particular grant round. If this is the case we will contact you to see if you would like the application carried over to the next grant round.

7. How do you decide what applications to fund? open accordion arrow

We will look to see that you have thought about the suitability of the trip for the families you support. We want trips to be well thought-out and see that you have some way of capturing information about the difference that it will make.

We want to help families who would not get the chance of a break otherwise.

As a UK-wide charity we want to help families from across the country so we’ll take location into consideration when making a decision. However it would be impossible for us to get an even spread across the country and we’ll only ever fund projects that we are confident will make a difference for families.

Sometimes we receive funding to help families from a particular area or facing a specific challenge. Applications meeting these specific criteria will stand a higher chance of success. We are not able to provide a list of these areas /challenges as they change frequently and any list would quickly become out of date.

8. Is value for money important? open accordion arrow

Of course it is! But cost is not the most important thing.

We recognise that sometimes it costs more to help particularly vulnerable families or do something new, developmental or more in-depth than a one off trip. If you apply for something more complex then please explain the costs and project design in the application form and we will consider it when we assess your application.

We know you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a great time and create wonderful family memories. Therefore we would be unlikely to fully fund trips to expensive theme parks (for example) but might be able to make a contribution.

9. Do you want anything in return? open accordion arrow

After the trip, we’ll ask you to tell us how it went. If you are successful we’ll tell you how we want you to give us this feedback.

The Family Holiday Association knows how important a break away from home is for everyone, and have launched the Holidays Matter movement to promote social tourism. Social tourism means providing access to breaks away from home for people who would otherwise be excluded. If your application is successful we’d like you to promote this too.

We’d also love to get some pictures that we can use to publicise the work that we do.

10. Contact us open accordion arrow

If you have any further queries you can contact the Grants and Projects Team at grants@FamilyHolidayAssociation.org.uk or call 020 3117 0651.