What grants are available?

Talents and Interests

Talents and Interests HeadStart grant scheme is designed to support young people identified by their schools and communities. A trusted adult from the school and/or communities can apply for a grant on the young person’s behalf in order to access hobbies such as sports, the arts, or music. You can bid for £50 to £500 per grant.

Research indicates that positive achievements for children help to build their resilience. This applies not only to academic performance, but also other positive experiences including engagement, enjoyment and success outside of school. To apply for this grant you must be in an active HeadStart district.

Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward provides grants between £250 and £1,000 for young people aged 10-16.

The scheme is run by HeadStart Kent, who are funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to support young people’s emotional wellbeing. The idea of paying something forward means helping someone to do something to help someone else. 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.

You can apply for a grant with the support of adults in your school or community. Grants give you the opportunity to support your local area and take social action.