Talents and Interests grant scheme

Talents and Interests grants are organised by HeadStart Kent, who are funded by the Big Lottery Fund to support young people's emotional wellbeing and resilience.

The 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.

What can the Talents and Interests scheme fund?

  • the grant is available to provide additional support to a young person in order to develop their strengths.
  • supporting the establishment of a local sports team or youth club, with the goal to support the future opportunities for the young people who use it.
  • the funding will be used to support the young person’s attendance including fees and equipment to be able to participate fully
  • support the sustainability of this opportunity with the young person after the funding has finished.

What can the Talents and Interests funding achieve?

HeadStart Kent has a clear mission statement:

"By 2020 Kent young people and their families will have improved resilience, by developing their knowledge and lifelong skills to maximise their own and their peers’ emotional health and wellbeing; so to navigate their way to support when needed in ways which work for them".

Successful grants will fulfil the three objectives of HeadStart Kent:

  • people around me understand wellbeing and how to promote it
  • my overall wellbeing is not impacted by the pressure to achieve and to ‘be perfect
  • there is always someone for me to talk to.

To apply for a Talents and Interests grant the young person must :

  • be based in a HeadStart school or in any community setting, with a trusted adult supporting their application
  • be aged 10-16 years old, who has been identified as requiring support
  • have been in conversation with a trusted adult at their setting, as part of their HeadStart pathway
  • have agreed that they wish to pursue the opportunity

All applications stating that a school/ community setting conversation has not taken place will not be considered.

Apply for a Talents and Interests grant

You will hear back from our HeadStart team within 2 weeks of applying for the grant.