Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, to organise a programme for the school holidays every Easter, Summer and Christmas until 2024, aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.

This holiday provision is for school aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who receive benefits-related free school meals. Benefits-related free school meals (FSM) are available to pupils if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits, and have a claim verified by their school or local authority. If you feel that you could be eligible to receive free school meals, please apply here.

In June 2022, Minister Will Quice wrote to all schools, explaining the importance of the Holiday Activity and Food programme, and how schools can support children and families to get involved and access opportunities.

Letter from Minister Quince

HAPpy Camps 2022

Applications to run a HAPpy Camp during Summer 2022 are now closed. Applications to run a camp during Winter 2022 open on 23rd August 2022.

Learn more about what is required to run a HAPpy Camp by watching our summer application webinar.

There is an expectation that applicants are fully aware of the areas which are most in need of provision, and that your camps are mapped against the areas of the county with the highest number of children in receipt of free school meals. Please use the below document for insight:


Once your grant has been approved, you will be invited to attend a mandatory session which explains how you add your activities to Playwaze, and how to use the platform. If you were unable to attend, or need to recap, please view the recording below.

Playwaze onboarding recording

Herts Community Foundation
As providers of HAPpy Camps, you will have been sent information from Herts Community Foundation about the free courses and workshops available to you. View the list of courses and workshops. We strongly encourage you to attend as many courses as you can, which will improve your delivery.

Book courses and workshops


Marketing your camp effectively is what gets places booked! We want to help you create beautiful marketing, and share the HAPpy Camps brand, so have prepared some editable templates you can use on social media. You will need to create a free Canva account to use them:

We have also created some blank templates that will help your Playwaze community and listing to look slick and appealing to anyone booking! You can also access these using Canva:

Future application windows

The timelines for Winter HAF applications are:

ActivityWinter dates
Applications open
23rd August
Applications close19th September
Applications close for SCHOOLS
Papers to panel21st October
Panel meeting2nd November
Decision to providers4th November
Playwaze onboarding10th November
Bookings open21st November
Delivery period22nd December to 4th January

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