Reconnect - Post 16 Transition Grant

The Reconnect Kent Children and Young People Programme was created to try and reconnect children and young people with things they have missed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is a universal programme (with some targeted support), focusing on providing positive experiences and opportunities, in recognition of the sacrifices they have made throughout the pandemic.

We are looking for organisations to deliver projects to support young people who are transitioning to post-16 provision in September 2023, as part of the Reconnect programme's economic wellbeing theme.

For many children and young people, transition between stages of education can be problematic. This will be even more likely as many of the usual transition support events have not been possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many young people are experiencing high levels of anxiety and mental health issues and thus need additional support.

We would like to offer colleges and other post-16 institutions the opportunity to pilot innovative interventions to support vulnerable young people, including those at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET), who move institution between Years 11 and 12.

The aim is to improve the transition process and reduce drop out, with the young people making successful, sustained transitions into post-16 education.

Ofsted registered education and skills providers who deliver services for children and young people in Kent can apply.

Up to £200k is available to support Reconnect Post 16 Transition Grants. Organisations may bid for the following amounts, based on the number of students they have historically received who are at risk of becoming NEET each year:

  • 100+ learners at risk of NEET - up to £50,000
  • 30 - 99 learners at risk of NEET - up to £30,000
  • Fewer than 30 learners at risk of NEET - up to £10,000

Applications closed for the grant at midday on 26 August 2022.

If you have any questions about your application email

After your application

Applications will be assessed in accordance with the application and evaluation guidance (PDF, 204.6 KB). You will be informed of the outcome of your bid by 19 September 2022.

If your application is successful, you will be notified by email. You will be sent a grant agreement to sign and return to us. This needs to be completed before payment is made.

You will also need to provide the following monitoring information upon the completion of the project or activity:

  • how many activities or sessions were delivered with the funding
  • how many children and young people took part
  • the age and demographic area of the children and young people who took part
  • any feedback received about the activities or events
  • how the activities were delivered in a COVID-19 secure way.

If you have any questions about the Reconnect grants email