Talents and Interests grant scheme

Talents and Interests grants are organised by HeadStart Kent, who are funded by the Big Lottery Fund to support young people's emotional wellbeing and resilience.

HeadStart Kent has a clear mission statement:

"By 2020 Kent young people and their families will have improved resilience, by developing their knowledge and lifelong skills to maximise their own and their peers’ emotional health and wellbeing; so to navigate their way to support when needed in ways which work for them".

The scheme is designed to support young people identified by their schools and communities. A trusted adult from the school and/or communities can apply for a grant on the young person’s behalf in order to access hobbies such as sports, the arts or music. You can bid for £50 to £500 per grant. It will be a requirement of the grant to provide an evaluation 2 months after the activity has started.

The funding must support a young person's pursuit of a talent, interest and hobby. It is expected this activity will be sustained after the funding has ended.

Personal items or equipment to enable a young person to participate in a talent or interest can be applied for up to a value of £75. Equipment worth more than £75 can be funded to the organisation applying and loaned to the young person. Specific costs must be broken down in the application form and any unspent money will need to be returned to HeadStart.

Research indicates that positive achievements for children can help to build their resilience. This applies not only to academic performance, but also other positive experiences including engagement, enjoyment and success outside of school.

Please note that applications relating to horse riding will no longer be approved, due to the cost and difficulty in sustaining the activity.

To apply for a Talents and Interests grant the young person must:

  • be aged 10-16 years old, who have had a resilience conversation
  • live or go to school in districts of Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Gravesham, Maidstone, Swale, Thanet or Tonbridge and Malling
  • have identified a talent or interest which they wish to pursue.

Applications will only be considered if a resilience conversation has taken place. Please contact headstart@kent.gov.uk for further information.

Apply for a Talents and Interests grant

You will hear back from our HeadStart team within 4 weeks of applying for the grant.