Youngsters who have been in care will benefit from a £228,000 package from the Scottish Government targeted at boosting attainment levels,
The funding has been given to Perth and Kinross Council to support projects working with care-experienced young people up to the age of 26.
It is part of a £11.6 million Scotland-wide programme.
A Perth and Kinross Council spokesperson said it would help fund the mentoring scheme, MCR Pathways, which is being offered in two secondary schools over a period of two years.
It will also be used to develop the PRAISE team, which supports looked after children in primary schools across Perth and Kinross.
Perthshire South & Kinross-shire SNP MSP Roseanna Cunningham said: “The challenges posed by this pandemic mean that the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the attainment gap are now more important than ever.
“That’s why I’m delighted to hear that Perth & Kinross Council will receive this funding boost of almost quarter of a million pounds to help break down the barriers faced by care experienced young people living across the council area.”