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King’s Civic Challenge

King’s Civic Challenge brings together teams of students, staff and local charities to co-create solutions to some of the challenges our communities face.


Designed in collaboration with our partners in Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster,  King’s Civic Challenge invites local charities to work with the King’s community to develop fresh perspectives on local issues. 

It’s one of the ways we aim to make positive change in our home boroughs, as part of our ambition to be a civic university at the heart of London. Through our #KingsLocal approach we’re building stronger relationships with local authorities and working side by side with local organisations and community leaders to develop collaborative approaches to our shared challenges.

King’s Civic Challenge is open to all students and staff at King’s. To hear about next year’s programme, register your interest.

Read about the previous winners of Civic Challenge.

We’ve worked with our boroughs to identify where local needs could best be supported by King’s strengths and expertise. King’s Civic Challenge exemplifies all of this. It recognises that by working together we can do even more to address local challenges and opportunities.

Baroness Deborah Bull, Vice President & Vice Principal (London)


King's Civic Challenge 2020/21

Nine projects were awarded funding, with each community partner receiving £5,000 alongside a package of evaluation and support.

This year, four additional projects aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) received awards, made possible by a unique contract between King’s and furniture supplier SouthernsBroadstock.


For the first time, the whole community were invited to vote for their favourite Civic Challenge idea in the Community Choice award. In-Deep received the most votes and won the inaugural Community Choice award. They will receive a full day’s support from research consultancy Rocket Science.

King’s Civic Challenge 2019/20

The first ever Civic Challenge ran in 2019/20. At the Grand Final in March 2020, shortlisted teams pitched their projects to a panel of judges from across King’s and our home boroughs, and six teams received funding to make their local projects a reality. 

Four of the prizes awarded aligned to mutual priorities agreed with our home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster: health and wellbeing, business and enterprise, education and attainment and community resilience. A fifth, supported by the Mayor of London, was for student community action. Winning teams received up to £5,000 of project funding for the charity and ongoing support and coaching to help make their projects impactful. 

The winners

Health & wellbeing

Health & wellbeing

Awarded to Carers' Hub Lambeth and the Cardinal Hume Centre in Westminster


King’s work with local communities

What can King's offer me?

For local communities

Connect with King's, take part in activities across our campuses or find support or advice

Space sharing

Space sharing

King's offers local community organisations the opportunity to use King's space with no hire fee

Board Bank

Board Bank

Supporting local charities to identify new trustees