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King's Civic Challenge


Want to help tackle issues in our local communities?

From loneliness to food inequality, or mental health to art for all.



Join King’s Civic Challenge to help make a lasting difference by teaming up with staff, students and local charities.

Together co-create imaginative solutions that deliver positive change in our neighbouring communities.

Get training and support, then pitch to win funding to make your ideas a reality.

Charities should contact to find out more.


APPLICATIONS FOR KING’S CIVIC CHALLENGE 2019/20 ARE CLOSED. Students and staff can register interest in King's Civic Challenge 2020/21.

PARTICIPANTS, click here for workshop and event details.

Or click here for details of the charities taking part in King’s Civic Challenge 2019/20.


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Here’s what to expect if you join the Civic Challenge:

  • Attend a Lunch & Learn (or watch a lecture capture)
  • Explore the local challenges our partner charities want to address in their communities
  • Submit 150 words by 9am on Monday 21 October 2019 summarising your interests and why you want to be part of the Civic Challenge
  • Meet charities and other students and staff at the Matchmaking Event on Wednesday 23 October, 13.30-19.00, and find your team
  • Come to monthly workshops on idea generation, communications, project planning and pitching
  • Work with your team to come up with and refine your ideas that create local social impact
  • Get team coaching from a dedicated member of our alumni community
  • As a team, submit a written proposal by 9am on Monday 10 February 2020, which will then be shortlisted
  • Pitch at the Grand Final on Friday 13 March 2020 in the Chamber at London’s City Hall, home of the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority.
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At the Grand Final, five teams will win a package of support to make their project a reality. This includes up to £5,000 project funding for the charity, continued coaching and help with monitoring and evaluation.


What else do I need to know?

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  • Each team can consist of up to two charity representatives with a maximum of four King’s students and/or staff.
  • Each team can submit up to two written proposals.
  • At the Matchmaking Day, you’ll get to work with a variety of potential teammates, and afterwards we’ll ask everyone for their preferences before we assign teams. If you’d like to be on a team with your friends or colleagues, let us know.
  • We strongly recommend attending and making the most of all workshops – they’ll be run in several locations on different days to make it easier for your team to go together.
  • How your team works is up to you all. You might want regular meetings or video calls, you might prefer email or WhatsApp, you might want to assign team members specific roles. Just be sure to use the workshops and your team coach to get as much as you can out of taking part, and make your ideas the best they can be.

Sign up and we’ll let you know when applications are open, or contact to find out more.

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