Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, to organise a programme for the Christmas 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, groups or organisations who could turn their hand to running a holiday activity 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.


HAPpy Camps 2022

Applications to run a HAPpy Camp during 2022 are now open.

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

The deadline for Easter applications is midnight on Monday 31 January. Activities will run for a minimum of 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 nine days during the delivery period. The delivery period for Easter school holidays will fall over two weeks as follows:

Week 1: 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 April – five days
Week 2: 11, 12, 13 & 14 April – four days

There is flexibility to vary the days and times as long as the sessions are for a minimum of four hours.

Additionally, all applicants will have the chance to express an interest in delivering the programme during Summer 2022 for up to 16 days between Monday 25 July and Wednesday 31 August (excluding bank holiday on 29 August).

Before making an application please read the guidance notes below. We have simplified the process for applicants who have previously provided successful HAPpy holiday camps. It is important to note that there are changes from the Winter programme relating to budget – so if you delivered in 2021 please read again.

HAPpy Easter 2022 guidance notes
HAPpy Easter 2022 FAQs
School Dash

  • Applicants new to the programme please follow the link below for the application form.
  • If you are a previous provider we will have sent you a link to a more streamlined form. If you have not yet received it do get in touch with us on 01707 251351 or grants@hertscf.org.uk.


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