HAPpy Holiday Activity Programme 2021 - Christmas School Holidays

Grants available to deliver fun and enriching activities with food during the School Christmas holidays free to children aged 5-16 eligible for benefits related free school meals

Deadline: midnight on Wednesday 6th October

Supported by Hertfordshire County Council and coordinated by Herts Sports Partnership, applications are invited to fund the delivery of enriching and fun holiday activities including physical activities and food for children eligible for benefits related free school meals.

Ideally, activities will run for four hours a day and you can apply for a grant to provide activities for just one day or for up to a maximum of ten days during the delivery period.

The delivery period for Christmas school holidays will fall over three weeks as follows:
    Week 1: 22, 23 & 24 December

    Week 2: 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 December

    Week 3: 3 & 4 January

Note the highlighted days are Bank Holidays. There is flexibility to vary the days and times as long as the sessions are for four hours.

The funding has been made available by the Department for Education to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are less likely to access organised out of holiday activities and are more likely to experience social isolation and holiday hunger.

The fund is open to voluntary and community groups, schools, district councils and private providers where their activities meet the charitable objectives of the fund. This includes existing providers who can expand their provision and also groups who can provide innovative and specialised activities.

Support Available

There are several dates available for you to book onto webinars to discuss the programme and to ask questions. In addition there are answers to Frequently Asked Questions and useful resources relating to catering and the delivery of specialised services. To book onto a webinar or to access the FAQs and resources follow this link :


Herts Sports Partnership will offer support and resources to groups to enable them to provide the food, nutrition, enrichment and sport activities to the standards required by this programme.

Access to free relevant training will be offered in support of the programme to successful applicants.

Before making an application please read the guidance notes below It is important to note that there are changes from the Summer programme relating to food and budget - so if you delivered in the Summer or at Easter please read again. Also we have simplified the process for previous successful Summer providers in terms of the documentation needed.

HAPpy Christmas Guidance notes v4


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