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 logoPay 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.

Pay It Forward posters and application tips

Talents and Interests

Infographic of a Resilience Wheel showing the six areas of resilience as segments: Health, Friendships, Feeling Secure, Education, Talents and Interests, Emotions and Behaviours - the Talents and Interests segment is highlightedThe Talents and Interests grant scheme is designed to support young people aged 10 – 16 identified by their schools and communities.

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.

For more information and to apply for a Talents and Interests grant, please click here.