Pay It Forward
Pay It Forward means doing something to help somebody else’s wellbeing, whether that be at school, at a club or at another community organisation.
The Pay It Forward scheme provides grants of between £250 and £1,000 for projects with young people aged 10 – 16.
The Pay It Forward project should aim to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of other people, whether that be where young people live, at school, at a club or at another community organisation. This could include opportunities such as holding a community fun day, holding open days at clubs and activity centres, or even creating a community wildflower garden. All project ideas are welcomed and are assessed on their potential to improve the wellbeing of others. Funding is also provided for groups looking to improve their own emotional wellbeing by running projects such as team building days.
Previous projects funded by Pay It Forward include community projects such as Christmas dinners, community ponds, hampers for the elderly and environmental projects. Schools have received funding to develop sensory gardens, safe spaces, transition projects and school clubs.
The original idea for the fund came from Kent’s young people. All applications are assessed by young people and will be looking for evidence of young people’s involvement with the application stage. This can include photos and any other supporting evidence.
It is recommended applications for Pay It Forward come via schools or community groups however, if there are a local group of young people that wish to run a project supported by parents we would welcome discussion. Please email HeadStart@kent.gov.uk
Real examples of how Pay It Forward projects have made a difference
Building a Lego Club
Members of Riverside Youth Centre 'Inclusive Us' successfully applied for funding to set up a Lego Club.
Born Again Pond
Maidstone and Malling Alternative Provision Service students have been hugely successful with their Pay It Forward grant to create and develop their Born Again Pond.
Homely Hampers Project
Folkestone School for Girls SpeakOut group used Pay It Forward funding to create and deliver homely hampers to local care homes.