Glasgow Children's February Holiday Food Fund 2019

Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) manage the Glasgow Children’s February Holiday Food Fund on behalf of Glasgow City Council (GCC).

This Fund is now CLOSED.

This Fund is available to any organisations that meet the eligibility and criteria. Organisations can apply if they were funded in the summer and October holidays 2018 or even if they were not.

Fund Aim

Following the success of the Children’s Summer and October Food Programmes 2018, in which £2 million was identified to alleviate the challenges faced by food poverty during the school holidays, this fund has re-opened for the February mid-term school holiday 2019. The fund aims to enable community organisations in Glasgow to provide nutritious food for the children using their services during the school holiday.

Awards of between £100 and £10,000 will be provided to support children and young people with their well-being and to have a healthier relationship with food. This fund is for children of nursery or school age (0-18years) to enable more of the city’s children to thrive.

To be eligible, applicants must be a third sector/not for profit organisation operating in the Glasgow City Council Local Authority. 

Fund Outcomes

  • To provide nutritional meals for children during the February mid-term school holiday;
  • To provide meals in a non-stigmatising way, benefiting the health of the children;
  • To provide activities that will appeal to children, encouraging them to attend and receive a healthy, nutritional meal.

Policy Information

These policy documents should provide useful background and relevant information for applicants.

It would be particularly useful for applicants to read through and familiarise themselves with this information before applying.

  • Glasgow Children’s Summer food Programme – Healthy Lunch Criteria provided by GCC
  • Glasgow City Council’s Food Hygiene Information - Environmental Health Page
  • REHIS food hygiene training requirements ( See FAQ's for more information.
  • Food Standards Scotland ( information on:
    • Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS). See FAQ's for more information.
    • Allergens and Labelling
      • Click here for a template of a menu to display food allergens.
      • Click here for a food allergy display sign.
    • Cooksafe; for advice, guidance and templates to meet food hygiene and food safety requirements. 
      • Click here for the Cooksafe manual and templates.

Funding Criteria and Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must also be:

  • A third sector/not for profit organisation working in the Glasgow City Council Local Authority area. Click here for map of eligible area;
  • Able to run the project during the Glasgow City Council school February mid-term holiday (11th - 13th February 2019. Please note that the weekend is not included in this fund);
  • An organisation with a bank account in their own name, with at least 2 signatories on the bank account.
  • If successful, individuals and organisations will be expected to have knowledge of the current Food Laws and either have or be prepared to be registered with Glasgow City Council’s Environmental Health Department (EHD). 

  • Please note that if you successfully registered with EHD or provided an FHIS certificate previously for this fund, then you do not need to do anything for the February holiday. However, if there is a new partener involved or you are using a different catering provider you will need to provide evidence of registration with EHD or a valid FHIS certificate.

  • You can find out more information on environmental health food laws here. Read the FAQ's for details on how to register your organisation for free with Glasgow City Council through their one page form here – this is required whether you are preparing food from scratch or buying in and serving from another supplier.


Friday 30th November 2018 – Fund for February 2019 opens for applications

Friday 21st December 2018 – Fund closes for applications

Friday 11th January 2019 – Funding decisions announced

How to apply

Applicants should follow the link to the online application form. This link will be emailed to each eligible organisation. Please read all policy information, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions before applying.

  • Organisations who have previously received a grant from this fund will be sent a bespoke link to their application form, which will have some of the information pre filled.
  • Click here for an application form if you have not previously received a grant from this fund (this fund has now closed).
  • Click here for the budget spreadsheet
  • Click here for the information spreadsheet for partnership applicants
  • Click here for a list of Glasgow Council Boundary Wards

It is advisable to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser when completing your online application. During testing, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge were much slower when downloading and uploading essential documents.

Further Information & Enquiries

Please refer to the FAQ's. If you have further queries about the Fund, or wish to discuss your project eligibility, please email VAF on 

VAF staff can provide technical support but please note that we cannot offer project specific advice or comment on draft applications.

Funded Organisations

For a list of funded organisations and their contact details click the link below. Please note that this list will be updated regularly so please check back regularly.

Click here to see the list of funded organisations (this link will appear when decisions are announced in January 2019).