[Now closed] A call for project proposals by Islington Giving’s Young Grant Makers

Calling Islington-based voluntary groups and organisations! Would you like funding for a local project which benefits Islington’s young people? There is now less than two weeks to apply for our Young Grant Makers’ funding call! The closing date for applications is Monday 18th December 2023 at 11 :59pm. 

“We are a group of 12 Young People who live in Islington, who have come together this year to make decisions about how Islington Giving’s funding for young people is spent. We want to fund projects that will provide long term solutions and impacts to some of the challenges young people face. We believe it is important for young people to gain skills to be productive and make progressive and active steps in their self-development.” ~ Young Grant Makers 2023-2024

Our Young Grant Makers believe it is important that young people have access to varied forms of learning that will contribute to their self-improvement. They want to see a clear link between the project being delivered now and future outcomes for the young people who are involved. It is important to them that the activities they take part in feel like a productive use of time.

“We would like to invite applications from projects that help young people in Islington to learn new skills.” ~ Young Grant Makers 2023-2024

We are interested in projects that help young people gain at least one of the following:

  • Skills that help young people manage their mental and physical health now and for their future (this could include a creative or sports activity to help manage mood)
  • Skills that could benefit young people in gaining employment (for example, CV workshops, mentoring, interview skills or opportunities that would lead to qualifications or experience)
  • Skills that help young people manage their financial independence such as gaining an understanding of debt, interest rates, bills, budgeting etc

What we are looking for (essential criteria):

  • Projects that are free
  • Projects that support young people aged 16+
  • Projects that have a tangible and measurable outcome
  • Projects that benefit the young person beyond the life of the project
  • Projects that are inclusive; to us this means they should be open and welcoming to everyone regardless of their background, special educational needs, neurodiversity, ability, ethnicity, nationality, LGBTQIA+, level of English, and so on
  • Projects that ensure all staff are qualified and ensure safeguarding (e.g. all staff are DBS checked)
  • Projects that promote the opportunity so young people in Islington know what is on offer

Click the button below to read the full guidelines. This was designed by our Young Grant Maker Hana.

Please note the answers on your application form will be assessed by young people aged 16-24. Please therefore avoid use of jargon and acronyms to make the language understandable to all. If you have any questions, need further guidance, or would like a Word version of the guidelines, please contact Laura Guy: laura.guy@cripplegate.org.uk

Left to right: Hana, Menabe, Jordan

How to apply:

Please read the Application Guidelines before you apply. The next step is to complete an online application form which you can access here.

Our Young Grant Maker Leads can provide further support and answer questions you may have. Please contact Freya.Johnson@islingtongiving.org.uk and Izzy.Petriti@islingtongiving.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

The deadline for applications is Monday 18th December 2023 at 11 :59pm

Timeline (next steps)

We will be shortlisting applications in December and January, interviewing shortlisted groups in February and announcing final decisions in March 2024.