Islington Giving’s Young Grant Makers are thrilled to share which local projects and groups have received funding.
We are a group of 12 Young People (aged 17-24) 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 benefit young people in the best way possible with the limited funding available. We want to see change – for young people, their communities and the organisations that support them.
Our 12 dynamic Young Grant Makers worked hard over the five months they were with us, learning more about the world of grant making, develop skills and experience, and then making important funding decisions for local projects benefiting young people in Islington.
The projects they chose to fund are now almost all underway, and we are looking forward to hearing about how each programme progresses and the impact.
- Brandon Centre – £20,000 – A counselling service based at local youth centre, PLATFORM.
- Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation (MEWSO) – £16,806 Advice for young women from minoritised backgrounds including support around Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
- Fully Focused– £20,000 – A project teaching young people various film and media skills and creating content which is then showcased in local cinemas.
- Yes Outdoors – £4,500 – A project teaching young people to repair bikes for life skills, mobility and employability – all participants receive a bike for free.
- Big Ideas: Islington Happiness Day- £ 20,000 – Project for students in Islington Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) to create content around positive mental health, to share with other young people.
- Single Homeless Project: Arthouse- £14,412 – Project for young women experiencing homelessness, to learn health and beauty skills for increased self-esteem, creativity and employability.
- Let Me Know: LMK £17,920 – Providing Healthy relationships and abuse prevention workshops in Islington to both young people directly and to upskill the teachers and youth leaders who work with them.
“As a team we were able to make an impact helping organisations.” ~ Young Grant Maker
The YGM programme demonstrates the importance of sharing power, and the impact of young people in driving meaningful change in our community and borough. Islington Giving is immensely proud to support and amplify the voices of our young leaders, shifting power more equally and ensuring that their perspectives shape the future of our community.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awarded funds! Together, we can create a brighter and more inclusive future for all residents of Islington. Stay tuned for updates on the impact of these inspiring projects in the months to come.
“I believe small changes can have a big impact for someone else.” – Young Grant Maker
You can read more about our Young Grant Makers, the funding criteria, and the awarded funds in our latest YGM report.