Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, to organise a programme for the summer holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.

In an initiative funded by the Department for Education, existing or prospective organisers of holiday activity programmes can access funding to deliver daily, four hour programmes for those young people aged 5 to 16 who are in receipt of free school meals. Programmes can be led by a range of organisations. from across the public, private and community and voluntary sectors, must offer a range of catering, sports and physical activity and enrichment activities.

For more information please contact Jane Parker at HAF@herts.ac.uk.

Making an application to run an activity during the summer holidays

Applications to run a HAPpy activity during the summer holidays open on Friday 16 April and closes on Friday 14 May. 

You will be made aware of the decision on 17 and 18 June.

We will be running webinars for those new to the process, please use the links below to book:

DateTimeFocus groupBook
28 April5.30pm - 6.30pmHertsmere
Three Rivers
29 April8am - 9amSchools onlyCompleted
4 May12.30pm - 1.30pmStevenage
North Herts
4 May6.30pm - 7.30pmSt Albans
6 May10am - 11amWelwyn Hatfield
East Herts
6 May6.30pm - 7.30pmOpen to allCompleted
11 May10am - 11amFinal session and grant Q&ABook

If you missed the webinars, you can watch a recording back here

As part of your application, you will need to ensure that you can offer sport and physical activity, enrichment activities and catering. If you require support with sourcing these services, please refer to our list of Specialist Services below:


The HAPpy Activity Finder

All activities will be listed on the HAPpy Activity Finder. This is a central search and book system which will enable parents to filter the most appropriate activities for their children. Use of the platform to promote your activities is a mandatory element of the application and delivery your activity.

Once your application is approved, you will be required to attend a training session which explains how to upload and edit your activities, check bookings and use the interactive register. This will take place on Monday 21 June at 10.30am.

We will make contact with schools to promote the activities and advertise on social media. Additionally, you will be expected to promote your own activity.


We will support applicants who need to complete training in Safeguarding and Protecting Children or Food Hygiene. Dates of the course will be added below, when we have them:

Safeguarding and Protecting Children: TBC
Food Hygiene: TBC

Providing Meals

Please use the links below to see the HAPpy Programme Catering Guidelines and Resources to help you provide nutritious hot meals at your holiday programme:

Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme is being run in partnership between: