Early Help Grant

The Early Help Grant will support new and existing not for profit organisations and innovative projects which contribute to meeting the local need and priorities for children and young people across all 12 districts.

The aim of the grant fund is to support local priorities whilst encouraging creativity through projects and services that improve outcomes for children and young people through a community based offer.

The activity funded by the grant must be directly linked to one or more of the district’s key priorities (PDF, 190.7 KB) for children and young people as agreed by each district’s local children’s partnership groups.

Funding available

The minimum level of application will be £500, with no single grant exceeding £15,000.

Applicants can submit proposals to no more than 4 of the 12 districts. Multiple applications can be submitted to each district but no organisation can be awarded more than £15,000 per district.

All grants will operate on a 12 month basis. Grant funded projects and services must be able to provide evidence of impact against local priorities.

Grants are awarded on an annual basis.

Before you apply

All applications must be made via the application form and will be assessed against the district's key priorities (PDF, 190.7 KB) by that district’s awarding panel nominated by the Local Children's Partnership Group (LCPG) .

We will carry out financial and safeguarding checks on all successful applications.

If successful in being shortlisted, you may be asked for clarifications relating to the delivery  of your proposed service. These clarifications will be requested by email from the Area Partnership Manager.


Applications for 2020/21 grants are now closed.

For more information about our grants read our grant prospectus (PDF, 369.1 KB)

Decision of application

After the deadline of the 23 December 2019, awarding panels nominated by the LCPG will sit in January 2020 to assess and award the grants to successful organisations.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than March 2020 and will be expected to start delivering the project by April 2020.


Grants will be paid via Kent County Council’s ‘iprocurement’ finance system at the start of your project.

Iprocurement will raise a purchase order number for your payment which will then be emailed to you with instructions on how to raise an invoice. Payment will only be made once an invoice is submitted to iProcInv01@kent.gov.uk with the relevant purchase order number listed.


Owing to the high number of applications received, unfortunately we are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful grants.