Reconnect County Grant

It's time to reconnect

We're trying to reconnect children and young people with things they have missed during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme.

Young people have told us that they want to:

  • return to doing fun activities with friends and family
  • enjoy new experiences such as festivals and camping
  • start their hobbies again
  • take part in clubs
  • enjoy the outdoors by taking part in activities such as climbing and kayaking.

We'll be issuing grants to fund activities between now and August 2022 that will support the programme's priorities.

We want to fund additional activities that will help children and young people reconnect to their pre-pandemic lives.

The activities need to be inclusive and provide equal access to all children and young people between now and the end of August 2022.

Priorities for this round of funding

Activities funded by this programme will need to meet at least one of the following priorities:

Learning missed
  • Address gaps in core learning in science, technology, English, art and maths.
  • Support young people to develop their speech, language, communication and social skills to support success in education.
  • Engage those who are:
    • struggling to return to school
    • not participating in learning.
Health and happiness
  • Promote the health and happiness of children and young people from identified communities whose emotional wellbeing has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, (including Black and Minority Ethnic, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, LGBTQ+ children with a social worker, children with special educational needs, young carers and siblings and children affected by domestic abuse or bereavement).
  • Support young people whose school attendance is being affected by anxiety.
Sport, activities and the outdoors
  • Promote sports and leisure opportunities for young people and make sure the opportunities are sustainable.
  • Make sure there is a family approach to sports and outdoor activities.
  • Offer training, development and volunteering opportunities for young people in sports and leisure settings.
Friends, family and community
  • Deliver local events for children and young people.
  • Make sure transport isn’t prohibitive to young people accessing activities and events.
  • Deliver support for early years, including provision for under 2s, to support childhood development and socialisation.
  • Provide activities and support for vulnerable and hard to reach groups of young people (including children with a social worker and disabled children).
Economic wellbeing
  • Generate more work related opportunities for young people (work experience, volunteering, part time jobs, apprenticeships, traineeships).
  • Improve the delivery of careers and employability guidance in education settings.
  • Support young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) and those at risk of NEET.
  • Support the transition of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) into work.

You can apply for a Reconnect County Grant if your project or activity:

  • meets at least one of the Reconnect priorities
  • will be delivered in at least 3 Kent districts
  • will be delivered before the end of August 2022.

You can apply for up to £50,000 per project and you can submit up to 4 applications.

No organisation will be awarded more than 3 grants, which together will amount to no more than £100,000.


Applications closed on 9 January 2022.

Contact us

If you'd like to speak to us, you can email us at


For information on how your application will be assessed, read our Reconnect County Grant Application and Evaluation Guidance (PDF, 232.9 KB).

We will let you know the outcome of your application by the end of January 2022.