Future Changemakers Fund


Shifting power to young people

In February 2018 three young men were tragically stabbed in Camden, two of them fatally. Young people in Camden face rising violence, poverty and cuts to the youth services that protect them. Camden Giving’s response to this is the ‘Future Changmakers’ programme.

The Future Changmakers programme will work with 16-25 year old living in Camden to make decisions on which youth services we fund, putting power into the hands of those who understand the challenges best.

We’ve been supported by 5 businesses to create our Future Changemakers Grant. Thank you to Argent, Camden Town Unlimited, Camden Watch Co, Euston Town BID, The National Community Lottery Fund and The Span Trust for funding this ground-braking work.

We’re delighted to be delivering these grants with our partners Somali Youth Development Resource Centre.

WHAT would the future changemakers like to support? 

The Future Changemakers welcome proposals of up to £10,000 that aim to improve the safety of Camden’s young people aged 16-25 by achieving one or more of the following aims:

  1. Providing opportunities for young people to have positive and relatable role models or mentors.

  2. Raising awareness of mental health and/or drugs, as well as support that is available.

As part of a proposal you will be asked to:

  1. Consider how all genders are impacted by youth crime and provide opportunities to support all genders.

  2. Promote the positive contributions that young people are making to society and their communities.

  3. Demonstrate why the project will be interesting and relatable to 16-25 yr olds.

The Future Changemakers are concerned about cuts to youth services and are particularly keen to receive proposals that have considered sustainability, for example projects that may generate their own income or funding for income generating roles within charities.

Examples of eligible proposals:

  • Development of youth-led social enterprises with mentoring from entrepreneurs that have experience of poverty or marginalisation.

  • Sports and cultural activities that promote positive mental health for young men and young women.

  • Mentoring programmes that provide mentors who have “walked a mile” in the shoes of a young person experiencing poverty or deprivation.

  • Platforms or events that allow Camden’s young people to publicly celebrate their achievements and contributions to Camden.

We will be seeking applicants for projects from charities, community groups and social enterprises with an annual income below £500,000. We will consider applications from organisations with an annual income above £500,000 if organisations can demonstrate exceptional links to young people in Camden. Projects are for a maximum of 1 year. The Future Changemakers expect to give 6-10 grants.


Applications will be made directly to Camden Giving but all of the decisions are made by the Future Changemakers. We will make paper application forms available upon request.

We recommend you have a chat with one of our team before starting your application, you can do this by coming along to one of our events or by booking an appointment, email admin@camdengiving.org.uk. We have a range of flexible support available to applicants who need it, including ESOL support, applications via video or interview, just get in touch.

Key Dates

Applications open: Friday 22nd March 2019

Deadline to apply by: Monday 3rd June 2019

Panel Meeting: Thursday 20th June 2019

We aim to inform applicants of the result of their application within 2 weeks of the panel meeting and anticipate the first payment will be within 4 weeks of the decision being communicated.

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