Ways to share
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.
Talents and Interests
A trusted adult from the school and/or community can apply for a grant on the young person’s behalf following a resilience conversation in order to access hobbies such as sports, the arts, or music.
You can apply for £50 to £500 per grant.
To apply for this grant the young person must live or go to school in the following districts: Swale, Gravesham, Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone and Hythe, Maidstone, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling and Dover.
Taking part in a talent or interest can:
- give a young person a sense of identity and belonging
- improve their mood
- lead to other opportunities
- give young people enjoyment and a reason to feel good about themselves.
Building a Lego Club
Members of Riverside Youth Centres '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
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