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Camelot Foundation

Contact details:

Camelot Foundation, University House,
11-13 Lower Grosvenor Place,
London, SW1W 0EX, tel: 020 7828 6085

What is it?

Supported by the National Lottery operator Camelot, this trust aims to fund charitable projects involving “young people who have slipped out of the mainstream of society, or are in danger of doing so”.

Who runs it?

A board of 10 trustees, four of whom are appointed by Camelot. The remaining six are senior figures from the public and voluntary sectors.

How much money does it give away?

£1m each year through its Transforming Lives grants programme.

How big is each grant?

A minimum one-off grant of £10,000. A maximum of £90,000 over three years.

Who or what is the money intended for?

The foundation funds projects in four priority areas:

  • Young asylum seekers.
  • Young people with mental health problems.
  • Young people with disabilities.
  • Young parents or those at risk of becoming young parents.

What kind of projects are eligible?

The project must involve one or more of the foundation’s priority groups. Projects are given priority if they promote:

  • Creating an “ordinary life” – access to housing, education, health, transport, work, leisure and recreation.
  • Giving voice – enabling young people to express their needs and hopes, and influence the way services are provided.
  • Taking part in community life.
  • Developing basic skills (literacy, numeracy, IT, money management).
  •  Freedom from fear and discrimination.

Who can apply?

Small to medium sized registered charities working with young people aged 11 to 25 in the UK or Northern Ireland. No individuals or statutory bodies. The foundation currently shortlists around one in 12 of the applications it receives. Around half of those shortlisted are awarded grants.

When should I apply?

The next two deadlines are 11 April and 11 July, 2005.

How do I apply?

Application forms can be downloaded from www.camelotfoundation.org.uk

How long will the process take?

An initial review of your proposal will take place within a month of the application deadline. If your proposal is taken forward, the foundation will contact your for more information and arrange to visit your organisation. You should receive a final decision within three months of the visit.

How will the foundation monitor our performance?

Each successful applicant will be expected to submit an annual report.


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