Summer Opportunities Fund

About the summer opportunities fund

Established in 2018, the Summer Opportunities Fund is an annual fund designed to enable organisations to deliver fun, new and accessible activities for children and young people during the summer break. On behalf of YCF, a panel comprised of young people, youth organisations and business partners awarded grants of up to £5,000. Grants went to voluntary organisations in Camden planning to deliver summer activities for local children and young people.

Voluntary organisations were encouraged to develop and deliver projects that achieve the following outcomes:

1. Children and young people will have increased confidence

2. Children and young people will have access to new activities and opportunities

3. Organisations will have worked in partnership to deliver their activities

Since 2018

Awarded to Members
Number of projects
Children & Young People Impacted


Programme Benefits

Organisations that received funding delivered a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including trips, art projects, business enterprise training, sports and more. Despite social distancing guidelines, over 800 children and young people aged between 4 and 19 years of age (up to 25 years for SEN) benefited from these projects in 2020.

Funded projects targeted traditionally disengaged and hard-to-reach/easy to ignore children and young people with a particular focus on maintaining good proportional representation of girls and BAME children and young people. All of the children and young people that participated in the projects reported either having more fun, feeling safer, having an increased level of participation, developing new skill, or improving self-confidence and feeling a greater sense of self-efficacy.

Hear from Children & Young People

This place is amazing, all of the time, everyday, no matter what happens or who comes.” – Young person

[The project] took my mind off things and made me feel like life still goes on, and I learnt a new skill.” – Young person

"I learnt how to build Lego properly because people were helping me. I also learnt how to paint pottery and really enjoyed it." – Child

Get Involved

YCF Members – Learn more about applying to the fund

Businesses and Individuals – Learn more about supporting the the fund

Children, Young People and Parents – Find a summer project in Camden

Please email for details.