Future Changemakers Wanted – Funding for Young Project Creators

Aged between 16 and 24 and want to make a difference? On Spacehive we have funds that support young people wanting to make a positive change to their local area. Through running a crowdfunding campaign, you can develop skills from sales and marketing to financial forecasting and project management. Along with building up relevant experience for your CV, you’ll be creating something for your community whether it’s turning a disused space into a hanging garden, organising a community festival or transforming a grey wall into a colourful mural.

Over £1m in funds from our partners on offer

If you have a great project idea you could find support from any of our partners on Spacehive, however as a young person we have a number of funds dedicated specifically trying to help you bring your idea to life.

  • LifeSkills with Barclays is using Spacehive and crowdfunding to get young people running campaigns that develop skills including marketing, writing press releases, creating videos, and pitching to local businesses. If your team includes young people between the ages of 16 and 24, you could earn a pledge of up to £500 to bring your community space to life.
  • Spaces for Change is an opportunity for young leaders around England to really make a difference to their local community and with 100 awards of up to £5,000 in project funding available, there’s a serious opportunity to make an impact. Find out more and how to apply here.
  • Have Bold Dreams is an initiative from GSM London which aims to enhance the local communities surrounding their campuses as well as enriching the lives of their students through undertaking rewarding civic projects.
  • Veolia want to support small projects which will make a big difference to help the community increase reuse and recycling by providing a £1000 cash boost, in kind resources or staff volunteers to help projects come to life.

Discover the funds on offer near you here.

Project inspiration

Check out these great projects from young people who are working to create places that people love in their communities!

  • Rosie, 19, was one of the masterminds behind the Islington Gro-Mobile, a project to transform a milk float into a mobile classroom. They raised over £15,000 from 78 backers including £500 from the LifeSkills with Barclays fund. Read her story here. 
  • From Musician to Nutrition was a project from 18 year old Cara Whatmough to organise a music gig showcasing emerging Manc musical talent that would raise funds in aid of Manchester Central Food bank. She raised £367 from 22 backers as well as promoting young artists and a local charity.
  • The Well Street Market raised over £82,000 from 278 backers and received additional support from backers including LifeSkills with Barclays for their Teenage and Student Makers Markets.

Discover more great projects near you.

Training and support

Crowdfunding can be challenging but the skills and experience it can give you is invaluable and we’re here to support you every step of they way. Download our complete guide to crowdfunding here to start planning your campaign and then sign up for one of our free workshops and webinars for expert advice and support.

By |2019-01-02T15:59:38+00:00February 16th, 2017|Funds and Grants on Spacehive|

About the Author:

From teaching in the Tanzanian mountains to the digital universe of Spacehive, Aaron has stopped off in a few places along the way. After receiving an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, she worked for big internationals including Oxford University Press and the International Labour Organization, small but interesting types including Pambazuka Press and Internet Retailing Magazine before heading up the award-winning eSeller.net. Looking for her next big adventure she joined Spacehive as their Content Marketing Manager. Here she works the words whether describing the awesome potential of a civic crowdfunded future or outlining the many dazzling features of our grant-making software. She gets to meet the project creators and share their stories as well as working with our partners to ensure they have the material they need to make impact. Outside of work she mentors with The Girls’ Network, solves mysteries and once made jam from the blackberries in her garden of which she is inordinately proud.