The Reconnect: Kent children and young people programme has a budget of £10 million.
It co-ordinates funding streams to maximise their impact in connecting children and young people with the things they've missed during the pandemic. For example, the £5.3 million Holiday Activities and Food Programme funding (HAF) has been combined with other funding streams, such as summer school funding received by schools, to maximise impact and participation.
Reconnect’s dedicated budget is just one aspect of the total resource supporting its aims and outcomes, others include:
- the time of volunteers in community groups and clubs
- the contributions of businesses and organisations
- public donations
- the work of practitioners in the children’s workforce.
Reconnect also secures funds from external bodies, such as the Arts Council.
How Reconnect funding is used
All funding is used to support the aims and priorities of the programme:
|Health and happiness|
|Sport, activities and the outdoors|
|Friends, family and community|
We plan to use three-quarters of the £10 million budget for commissioning activity and support for children and young people across Kent.
So far, it has been used to fund:
- additional youth services
- additional education opportunities
- additional mentoring of children and young people who need extra support.
Most of the support and activities delivered county-wide will be formally procured and contracted, however, there may be circumstances where grants are the most appropriate mechanism. Either way, open and transparent processes will be applied and ad-hoc, speculative requests for funding won't be supported.
One-quarter of the programme’s funds have been allocated to Local Children’s Partnership Groups (LCPGs) to enable grants to be provided at a local level. The £2.5 million has been split between the 12 LCPGs, taking child population and deprivation into consideration. The first locality grant round launched in June 2021 and the second launched in October 2021.
A final grant round will be launched in the new year and this will specifically fund provision for summer 2022. Guidance and criteria for this grant round will be published shortly on the Reconnect Locality Grant page.
Other potential funding streams
One aspect of Reconnect’s vision is to help create a better connected community to support children and young people. Helping to link funding streams together is one way to do this.
You can find funding opportunities on: