Applications are now open for the Reconnect Economic Wellbeing Grant Program to help organisations deliver additional support and activities to children and young people.
These grants are to fund activities that will reconnect children and young people to their education and job opportunities. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £20,000 per activity.
Some examples of activities that providers could request funding for are:
- business mentoring
- sector promotional activities and events
- workplace visits
- vocational and employability skills events
- entrepreneurship competitions, support or workshops
- masterclasses – focusing on vocational activities and pathways
- sector challenges.
Activities funded by this programme will need to meet at least one of the following priorities:
- 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, particularly by bringing together employees and education.
- Supporting 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) and children with a social worker into work.
- Develop capacity in communities and the voluntary and community sector, to support the employment prospects of young people.
- They are making £150,000 available for Reconnect Economic Wellbeing Grants.
- Organisations can apply for grants of up to £20,000 per activity.
- This funding complements the £850,000 they have made available through Reconnect County Grants, which are supporting large organisations to deliver support, and the £2.5 million available through Reconnect Locality Grants, which are supporting very local organisations to support their communities.
All requests for grant funding must be for activities and opportunities that:
- help children and young people (aged between 6 to 24) to reconnect to further education and employment opportunities
- meet at least one of the economic wellbeing priorities (listed in the grant prospectus)
- are free for young people to access
- 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.
- are inclusive, with equal access to opportunities for all children and young people
- 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 delivery be enforced. Any grant funded provision that does not take place before the end of August 2022 will need to be reimbursed to us
- are not funded from other sources. If you are seeking to add funding to that received from another source to enable you to deliver more opportunities, your application must make this clear and explain how you will account for the additional activity (for example, a specific number of additional sessions or operating for a longer timeframe). They reserve the right to request a copy of any funding agreement or application specifying the commitment and obligations made by you to a third party in this respect
- are across either the whole of Kent, or on an area basis, covering at least 3 district or borough council areas.
- keep children and young people safe, and meet the statutory safeguarding requirements.
For more information, visit Kent County Council.
For more information, visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/community-grants-and-funding/reconnect-economic-wellbeing-grant