HAPpy: Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme Christmas launch

This Christmas, Hertfordshire County Council, Herts Sports Partnership and Hertfordshire Community Foundation will once again join forces to deliver healthy food alongside physical and enrichment activities, under the name ‘HAPpy: Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme’. HAPpy aims to tackle the triple inequalities of holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation. It supports children aged from 5 to 16 who are eligible for benefits related free school meals during the school holiday’s.
Applications for the HAPpy Christmas Programme are now open. You can apply for a grant to provide activities for just one day or any number up to a maximum of 10 days during the delivery period. Each activity session must run for a minimum of 4 hours per day. You can deliver at one venue or across several and can run different sessions for different age groups. The maximum grant available will be the equivalent of £30 per child, per four-hour day including the cost of food.

The Christmas delivery period will fall over three weeks as follows:
  • Week 1: 22nd, 23rd, 24th December
  • Week 2: 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st December
  • Week 3: 3rd and 4th January

    Applications close on 6 October 2021.

    To find out more about the HAPpy Christmas programme you can book a place on one of our webinars or read the guidance notes here.
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