Pay it Forward Grant

Pay it Forward provides grants between £250 and £1,000 for young people aged 10-16.

The scheme is is run by HeadStart Kent, who are funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to support young people's emotional wellbeing. The idea of paying something forward means helping someone to do something to help someone else. 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.

You can apply for a grant with the support of adults in your school or community. Grants give you the opportunity to support your local area and take social action. Young people are involved in the decision making about grant allocation.

The Pay It Forward fund promoted by HeadStart Kent has so far funded over 140 grants, including 26 in 2020.

We have received applications from many different youth organisations within Kent, with successful applications benefiting hundreds of people.

Examples of successful applications have included;

  • safe spaces and wellbeing rooms
  • events such as summer festivals and wellbeing weeks
  • support with school sports and music clubs
  • gift packs for the homeless
  • Christmas hampers for the elderly plus much more.

The possibilities are endless, as long as you keep in mind that you are paying it forward to others in your community.

All projects reported that the benefits of having young people involved within the design and delivery of the projects have really made a difference to people in their community..

What we expect successful projects to achieve

By 2022 HeadStart Kent state Kent's young people and their families will have developed their knowledge and lifelong skills to maximise their own and their peers’ emotional health and wellbeing.

HeadStart Kent will focus on building a sustainable system where every young person in Kent will be able to say with confidence:

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

Young people in Kent aged 10-16, can apply for a grant between £250 to £1,000, with the support of an adult from their school or community, at any time.

Funding can be paid to a school or community group, not directly to individuals or families.

Apply for a Pay it Forward grant

The applications will be assessed by trained young people, with support from the HeadStart team, and you will hear from us with the outcome within four weeks of the latest deadline.

Application deadlines

  • 12 February 2021
  • 9 April 2021
  • 11 June 2021
  • 20 August 2021
  • 9 October 2021
  • 4 December 2021