Reconnect Locality 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 are not currently accepting applications but there will be another round of funding early next year.

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:

ThemePriorities
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 Locality Grant if you are:

  • a group or organisation who delivers services for children and young people in Kent (including district, town and parish councils)
  • properly constituted and have a current bank account.

Applications from religious groups will be considered, but the project must bring a wider community benefit.

Schools and early years settings can apply for up to £2,000 of grant funding, but it cannot be used for activity within funded session times (for example, for additional classroom support or learning resources).

Individuals, political party groups and county council services cannot apply.

Funding amounts and number of applications

  • Young people, supported by a youth hub or youth organisation, can apply for up to £2,000 of funding to run local projects or events.
  • Small organisations, schools and early years settings can apply for up to £2,000 per application.
  • Larger community organisations, who have received funding from Kent County Council, district councils or the national lottery within the past 3 years*, can apply for up to £8,000 per application. If you're applying for between £2,000 and £8,000, you must submit evidence of previous funding as part of the application.
  • You can submit up to 3 applications per Local Children's Partnership Group (LCPG).
  • You can submit applications to multiple LCPGs if you deliver services across different areas in Kent. If you would like to submit multiple applications, a new form must be completed and submitted for each bid.
  • You cannot submit more than 6 bids in total.

*Excluding recipients of small grants (£1,000 or less) in round 1 of Reconnect which were awarded in July 2021.

Universal and targeted activities

Reconnect is a universal programme, with opportunities available for everyone. In your application you should demonstrate how all children and young people will be included in your projects, activities, and opportunities. Ideally, you'll support those who need additional help reconnecting to enable them to access universal provision, rather than providing targeted activities.

Where the activity is specifically for a targeted group, you should explain how the children and young people will be linked to sustainable universal provision when the activity ends.

Contact us

If you'd like to speak to us before you apply, you can email us at reconnect.kentcyp@kent.gov.uk.

Grant criteria

All requests for grant funding must meet the following criteria:

  1. All initiatives, activities and opportunities must help children and young people (aged between 0 to 19 or up to 24 for young people with special educational needs or disabilities) to reconnect to their pre-pandemic lives. Activities related to reducing youth employment should support young people up to age 24.
  2. All initiatives, activities or opportunities must meet at least one of the aims and priorities of the programme.
  3. All activities must provide additionality. Applications will need to demonstrate this and confirm that the activity is not already funded. This grant funding is to provide additionality and not to meet existing budget pressures.
  4. Projects, activities and opportunities must be inclusive with equal access to opportunities for all children and young people.
  5. All activities must take place before the end of August 2022. The provider is responsible for ensuring that suitable contingency delivery arrangements are in place, should any further COVID-19 restrictions that impact direct deliver be enforced. Any grant funded provision that does not take place before the end of August 2022 will need to be reimbursed to Kent County Council.
  6. The organisation or service must not receive funding from other sources to fund the activity in the application where this would create double funding.  If the applicant is seeking to add funding to that received from another source to enable them to deliver more opportunities, their application must make this clear and explain how they will account for the additional activity (e.g., a specific number of additional sessions or operating for a longer timeframe).  We reserve the right to request a copy of any funding agreement or application specifying the commitment and obligations made by the applicant to a third party in this respect.
  7. Capital expenditure is not eligible. We define capital expenditure as that being used to meet the provision and improvement of permanent fixed assets, for example buildings, land and play parks.

Monitoring information

To receive the full amount of funding, you'll need to provide the following monitoring information when the project or activity is complete:

  • how many activities or events 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 or events were delivered in a COVID-secure way.

How to apply

We are not currently accepting  applications but there will be a final round of funding for summer 2022 activities early next year.

The applications we have received will now be assessed by the LCPG Funding Panels who may contact you if they have any queries about your application. They may also request evidence of how the funding criteria has been met.

Outcome of bids

We'll let you know the outcome of your application by early December.

If you're successful, we'll let you know your award amount by email. We'll also send you a grant agreement to sign and return to us and invite you to register on our payment system (if you're not already).

Payments

We'll release the funds when we receive your grant agreement. 90% of the funding will be issued initially and the remaining 10% will follow when your monitoring information has been received.