May 2021

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HAPpy Programme - Summer delivery grants now open

The summer holidays are looking brighter for disadvantaged children and young people in Hertfordshire thanks to an exciting partnership which delivered at Easter.

From July, Hertfordshire County Council, the Herts Sports Partnership and Hertfordshire Community Foundation will once again join forces to deliver healthy food alongside sport and physical activity, under the name ‘HAPpy: Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme. The programme is open to children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals and aims to tackle the triple inequalities of holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.

Thanks to funding by the Department for Education, which continues this initiative across England in 2021, existing or prospective organisers of holiday activity programmes can now access this funding to deliver daily programmes for young people. In Hertfordshire, the HAPpy project will look to offer 5000 free activity places each day, for a four-week period.

Grant applications for summer delivery are open now, and close on Friday 14 May. We look forward to receiving some exciting and innovative proposals for the expanded delivery of this much needed scheme.

We would be delighted to welcome prospective delivery organisations to attend information webinars to find out more about the criteria of the programme. For anyone unable to attend the live webinars a recording will be available along with an FAQ list.

PLEASE NOTE the final webinar session and grant Q&A is on 11th May 10-11am Book here

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


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