John Lyon’s Charity gives grants to benefit children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in North and West London: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster.

The Charity’s mission is to promote the life-chances of children and young people through education.


The School Holiday Activity Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays.  This includes all half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas and the summer holiday.

The Fund will pay for the running costs of holiday programmes that provide young people with activities in supportive and accessible environments.

Please note that the maximum grant allowance is £4,000.


Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) can be made by registered charities or mainstream state schools that are based in the Beneficial Area.


Organisations that are currently in receipt of a grant from John Lyon’s Charity for core services are also eligible to apply to this Fund as long as funds from the Charity are not already being used for holiday activities.


You can apply to the School Holiday Activity Fund for a variety of activities.


Examples could include (but are not limited to):

  • holiday drop-in activities
  • arts activities
  • sports projects
  • family activities
  • trips out of London
  • camping trips.


Grants could be used for:

  • equipment (not IT equipment)
  • sessional staffing costs
  • transport
  • venue hire
  • other direct project costs.


To apply, complete an online application form using our Grants Portal now. If it is your first online application to the Charity, you will need to create a new login. The online application process will provide all the information you need.


Organisations can apply to the School Holiday Activity Fund once a year for a maximum of three consecutive years. Then a break of at least one year must be taken.

Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund can be submitted at any time, but must be submitted by the following deadlines:


Summer holiday –  1 June

October half-term – 21 September

Christmas holiday – 16 November

February half-term – 18 January

Easter – 1 March

May half-term – 25 April