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Pay It Forward
The Pay It Forward scheme provides grants of between £250 and £1,000 for projects led by young people aged 10 – 16.
Pay It Forward means doing something to help somebody else’s wellbeing. HeadStart is giving groups of young people the chance to make this happen. The original idea for the fund came from Kent’s young people.
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.
Young people can apply for a grant with the support of adults in school or in the community. For more information and to apply for a Pay It Forward grant, click here.
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.
New: Pay It Forward training materials for staff to deliver to young people
This training session for young people will help them to understand what Pay It Forward is, and enable them to feel confident in applying for their own Pay It Forward grantClick here to find out more
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.
Talents and Interests grant
Funding is available to support young people to access their hobbies, talents and interestsClick here to find out more
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