The Ellis Campbell Foundation

Building Youth Power and Leadership


Transforming Lives

Giving a voice to marginalised young people


Making a difference

Building long-term partnerships


The Ellis Campbell Foundation

Building Youth Power and Leadership

We have been supporting charities and organisations across London, Hampshire and Perthshire for over 30 years with grants totalling £3.7m.

Over the last five years we have supported some transformational initiatives to help disadvantaged young people bridge the gap between education and employment across a wide spectrum of areas including education, criminal justice, mental health and life skills.

Our 2020 Strategic Review

At the start of 2020, we embarked upon a transformational eight month strategic review programme led by Ten Years’ Time. We were determined to ensure we were having the greatest impact with our grants so we committed to a process of listening and learning from over 80 experts including many extraordinary young changemakers. We focussed on Youth Power and Leadership and were privileged to gain a much better understanding of the experience of young people in education, housing, youth services, criminal justice, mental health and the care system. Importantly we heard from so many inspirational young activists whose drive, insight and impact made it easy for us to pivot our funding towards innovative and genuinely youth-led work, safe in the knowledge that this will inspire so many more young people to be changemakers. Alongside this we must engage with power leaders to ensure they know how to listen and engage with young people effectively. Please do take a deeper dive into all our findings and read our Emergent Enquiry or for a shorter read, our Key Conclusions.

Emergent EnquiryKey Conclusions

Youth Led Partnerships

We are extremely excited to confirm our funding plans on the back of our strategic review.

Conscious Youth


Multi-year funding to the Voices2Action programme in Kirklees run by inspirational young people aged 12 to18.


Portsmouth – A Young Changemakers City

Multi-year funding to help Unloc empower every young person regardless of their background or upbringing to be a changemaker.


Rekindle School

Multi-year funding to this ground-breaking youth-run initiative in South Manchester to set up a supplementary school.

The Blagrave Trust

Challenge and Change Fund

The Challenge and Change fund provides funding directly to young people who are activating their lived experience to create structural and positive change.

Leaders Unlocked

Young Justice Advisors

Multi-year funding to this inspirational and important initiative led by young people aged 18 to 27.
COVID-19 Funding

Helping our communities through Covid 

Even though the Foundation was closed to funding whilst going through the strategic review programme, the Trustees agreed that we must respond to the crisis quickly arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. We set aside our usual grant giving metrics for the year and used cash reserves to support those people and organisations we felt were best placed to meet the most pressing needs emerging from this crisis.

We are now closed for funding for our September meeting

We will be in touch later in the year to confirm all the details and the cut-off date for applications for our March meeting.

An image of a group of photos in a line representing various grants by the Ellis Campbell Foundation helping disadvantaged young people in Hampshire, London and Perthshire