What is the Campaign Bootcamp Community Fund?
Our vision is a world in which people impacted by justice have the tools to challenge those in power. The Campaign Bootcamp Community Fund aims to build on that strength and solidarity within our community of campaigners by providing grants that will further empower activists across the UK and support them to overcome barriers, amplify their voices and challenge injustice. The Campaign Bootcamp Community Fund is delivered in partnership with Attainable.
In 2021, we distributed £70,000 to 94 activists to help further their campaigning, training and/or alleviate financial hardship. We will be gathering the learning from these grants over the next few months and look forward to sharing it early in 2022.
Opened: 12pm GMT Monday 7th December 2020
Closed: 5pm GMT Monday 1st February 2021
What we will fund
Apply for grants of up to £800 for one of the following:
Funding for campaigning
Apply campaigning skills you have learned and/or continue training. You can apply for up to £800 for costs related to campaigning and training.
Funding for financial hardship
Alleviate financial hardship caused or exacerbated by COVID-19. You can apply for up to £800 to help reduce financial pressure
We will prioritise
Applications from marginalised communities who have been historically underfunded and excluded from decision making, as well as those most impacted by COVID-19
We will prioritise applications from
Disabled people, BAME/POC communities, LGBTQ+ people, refugees & asylum seekers, women, people on low incomes and older people.
Funding for 18 - 25 year olds
We have £15,000 reserved for young campaigners age 18 - 25 to help them alleviate financial hardship or help them with their campaigning/training
Click on the questions below for guidance on how to apply.
How do I apply?
You can choose one of these options for applying:
- Email [email protected] and we’ll send you a link to your own application form which saves your answers as you go – so you can complete the form at your own pace and come back to questions later if needed. Let us know in your email which training programme you have participated in!
- Arrange a time for us to call you and you can give us your answers over the phone – we will complete the form for you.
- You can also apply by video – record yourself answering the questions and email it as an attachment to us at [email protected].
We know applying for funding can be daunting so we encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions or are not sure where to start.
Who can apply?
You are eligible to apply if you live in the UK and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- You are a graduate of Bootcamp Residential
- You have participated in at least 8+ hours of Everyday Activism training
- You have completed a Train the Trainer course such as TSAT or Unpacked etc.
- Age Activism
Please note that this fund is for individuals so groups cannot apply – but you can apply for the costs of running your campaign group.
What campaigning or training costs can be funded?
Supporting you to apply campaigning skills you have learned through our training programmes and/or participate in other training opportunities. You can apply for funds to cover the cost of:
- Running costs of your campaign group
- Training courses, mentoring/coaching, membership fees
- Online software such as access to video conferencing tool like Zoom, mail campaign platforms, or other computer software and applications
- Website design, branding, domain fees, social media advertising
- Designing, printing and distributing flyers, posters and education packs
- Equipment such as laptops, tablets or phones
- Paying people for their time (e.g. to deliver workshops, run events or create content for your campaign)
- Accessibility costs such as technology, translation, interpretation, closed captioning
You may also apply for things like travel, meeting and PPE costs; however we will carefully consider any applications for face-to-face activities in accordance with the latest government restrictions and public health guidelines.
Any services paid for with our funding must be paid at the living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation (£9.50 per hour outside London, £10.85 in London) so please make sure that your budget meets these requirements.
What costs can be funded to reduce financial hardship?
Alleviating financial hardship caused and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are facing financial barriers you could apply for funds to cover the cost of:
- Rent, mortgage payments, utilities and other household bills, urgent repairs or replacements
- Phone credit, broadband or data packages
- Essentials such as food, clothing, furniture, white goods, and electronics
- Childcare or other costs relating to caring responsibilities
- Materials or equipment for adult education studies (e.g college, short courses, university, vocational) such as books, laptop and computer software
- Essential travel (e.g. health & social care appointments)
What I need is not included in the list, can I still apply?
Yes, the list of examples is not exhaustive. The funding will be flexible so you can apply for what you need to apply your campaign skills, participate in training opportunities, or reduce pressure on your finances.
We won’t fund applications asking for general donations to campaigns or finances so be specific about what costs you would like the grant to cover.
I have costs that meet both funding priorities, is this eligible?
Yes. The application form will ask you to select which priority you are applying for and you can select both if the grant will help alleviate financial pressure and allow you to do your campaigning or training. So for example, you might need £100 for your utilities bill but you would also like £250 to pay for an artist to create graphics for your campaign.
Can I use the grant as a contribution towards items that cost more than £800?
Yes, the grant can be used as a contribution towards larger costs. So if there is a training course you would like to go on that costs £1,000, you can apply for a contribution of £800 to help you raise the money.
What does facing financial barriers mean?
This funding priority is aimed at alumni who are on low-incomes. We are using this framework to help guide you. When completing the application form, you will be asked to select which circumstances apply to you. Please make sure to select all the options which are relevant to you!
- I frequently worry about meeting basic needs like housing, food and clothing and don’t always achieve them.
- I am unemployed or underemployed (e.g. working part-time or on a zero hours contract).
- I am not eligible or able to carry out paid work.
- I am eligible for government and/or voluntary assistance, such as benefits and food banks.
- I have debt and it sometimes stops me from meeting my basic needs.
- I rent lower-end property or have unstable housing (e.g. living in temporary accommodation, not safe at home, or sleeping on a friend’s couch).
- I have no access to savings and/or have no or very limited expendable* income.
- I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them.
- I can’t afford a holiday or I’m unable to take time off without financial stress.
*Expendable income means being able to afford things like getting a coffee, going out to a restaurant for dinner, buying a ticket to the cinema or a concert, purchasing books and similar new items each month.
How will you decide which applications to fund?
We’ve recruited a Committee made up of representatives from our community of campaigners, ensuring that grassroots activists have power and agency in our decision making. We will be introducing the Committee shortly!
Applications will be scored on how well they fit with our funding priorities with additional consideration given to applications from marginalised communities. The Committee will meet to make recommendations on which applications should be funded. The recommendations will be signed off by funders, the Campaign Bootcamp Board and our partner Campaign Innovation Ltd. – this is because we are a charity and there are certain regulations we have to meet. The full decision making process can be found here.
When will I hear the outcome of my application?
The Committee will meet fortnightly in January and February to consider applications on a rolling basis.
You will receive a decision within 7 weeks of submitting your application – we will do our best to get you a decision quicker than that but we have to account for the Christmas break and the volume of applications we receive. We anticipate the waiting time will reduce significantly after the holidays.
Please tell us in your application if you require urgent financial assistance (for example, you are at risk of eviction or there is a delay in receiving Universal Credit) and we will fast track your application.
What happens if I am offered a grant?
If you are successful, you will be asked to return a signed grant agreement and provide your bank details so that we can pay out the grant. You will also be asked at a later date to complete a short form on how you found the process, how you spent the money and what difference the grant made.
It’s important that you keep hold of all records related to your grant (such as receipts and invoices). This is because we are a charity and in some circumstances we may have to ask for proof of expenditure in line with regulations from the Charity Commission.
What questions will I be asked when filling in my application?
These are the questions you will be asked:
1. Please provide your contact details
2. Which of our programmes have you taken part in?
3. Which funding priority are you applying for?
4. How will you apply campaigning skills you have learnt and/or participate in further training opportunities?
5. What difference will the grant make to you and your campaigning?
6. How will you alleviate financial pressure you are currently experiencing?
7. Which of these statements apply to your financial circumstances?
8. How much do you need and how will you spend the money?
9. Where do you live?
10. How do you define your gender?
11 . Do you identify as transgender?
12. What is your ethnicity?
13. Do you identify as disabled?
14. What is your sexual orientation?
You might not be asked to answer all of questions 4 – 7 as this will depend on how you answer question 3. You will not be asked to upload any additional documentation as part of your application.
Will there be more funding available in future?
We hope so! The Campaign Bootcamp Community Fund is closed while we gather the learning to report back to our funders and share with our networks.
Meet the Committee!
Jacqui has spent the past 15 years building self-funded alternatives for deprived & disadvantaged communities, groups & individuals and has received 3 Civic Community Awards for these initiatives. A resident in Social Housing, she leads the Grenfell Estate Residents Association in immediate response to the tragedy and the community revolt and am currently leading community representation for the recovery budget, planning and delivery. Jacqui campaigns for a meaningful legacy for the Grenfell Community to take control of building a new community model.
Tope is a social sciences student and prison abolitionist organiser with Cradle Community, a transformative justice collective. She is interested in identifying how the punitive systems that we live under show up in our responses to mental illness and what an abolitionist approach to mental illness and mental health care could look like. She has worked directly with people who have experience of the criminal justice system most recently with a homeless charity, supporting people leaving prison with housing. Outside of work and organising, Tope can often be found rewatching Greys Anatomy.
Kauser spent the last decade teaching 11 – 18yr olds across west Yorkshire science, before deciding to enter the world of politics. She was elected as Labour Councillor for Tong ward in Bradford after becoming the person of colour to ever stand as a candidate in the ward. Kauser combines her role as Councillor with her part time role as group development worker for a local Charity that provides a variety of services for unpaid carers’. Kauser has been raising awareness and promoting use of washable nappies and sanitary wear within the South Asian community in Bradford for over 15 years.
Uduma has studied Electronics, Social Policy and Interdisciplinary Psychology. They are a student activist with a background in anti-racist and anti-colonial campaigning. They are currently involved in Anarkatas of the UK, a political collective working towards the goal of Black liberation.
Rakesh has been involved in Environmental organising for well over a decade, he started off volunteering with Greenpeace and became the group co-ordinator of the Newcastle Greenpeace. He has since been involved in local campaigns to oppose new fossil fuels, beginning with a campaign against Underground Coal Gasification and more recently campaigns against Opencast Coal. He was part of the group that successfully opposed an opencast coal mine adjacent to Druridge Bay in Northumberland. He is a member of the facilitation group of the participatory grant giving organisation Edge Fund.
Magda Szarota is a disability studies researcher, human rights activist and an experienced human rights NGO executive. She co-created and has been co-running Humanity in Action Poland, an award-winning rights education organization of the international Humanity in Action network. She is a co-founder of the first Polish NGO run by and for women with disabilities as well as a Founding Member of Artykuł 6 (a Polish feminist disability rights collective). She is a Steering Committee Member of the Feminist Alliance for Rights at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers.
Head of UK Programmes
Tara Mack is the former Director of the Education for Liberation Network, a national education justice network in the US. She helped start the organisation, developing it from an informal listserv of a few hundred people to a national network that connected more than 2,000 through convenings, publications, social media and resource exchanges. Before becoming director, she organised arts and media projects for low-income teens in New York and London. Tara works across programmes.
Micro Grant Manager
Michael Smart has worked in the third sector for ten years in fundraising and funding. He has been a Funding Officer for the National Lottery Community Fund for the last 5 years, distributing funds to communities across the UK. Michael is a founding member of the LGBT+ Staff Network providing a safe space for LGBT+ colleagues and working to improve equity, diversity and inclusion at the Fund. He is passionate about social justice and tackling inequalities and champions funding for marginalised communities.