Talents and Interests grant scheme

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

HeadStart has a clear mission statement:

"By 2022 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 individuals or groups of young people to pursue a hobby such as sports, the arts or music. An adult from a community organisation or school can apply for a grant of up to £300 to support one young person, or up to £1000 to support a group of young people.

You must provide an evaluation report 2 months after the activity has started.

The funding must support a pursuit of a talent, interest or hobby. It is expected this activity or benefits of it will will be sustained after the funding has ended.

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.

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. Specific costs must be broken down in the application form and any unspent money will need to be returned to HeadStart.

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 people must:

  • be aged 10-16 years old, who have had a resilience conversation
  • live or go to school in Kent
  • 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.