Kensington and Chelsea Youth Council

Kensington and Chelsea Youth Council

RBKC Youth Council Opportunities Fund

Applications for the RBKC Youth Council Opportunities Fund have now closed.

The RBKC Youth Council Opportunities Fund are for young people experiencing hardship, who are in severe financial need, or for young people development in a time of reduced services and social distancing. Grants can be used for food, rent arrears, utility costs, medical costs, school fares/meals, travel, classes. They have to showcase what exactly they intend to do with the funding, provide us with information on how it will benefit their future, and why they should receive the funding more than another candidate. Individuals can apply for any amount up to £250.

Four simple steps

  • Complete and submit the online application form.
  • Await your decision from the Youth Grant Panel.
  • Successful grant applications will be processed.
  • Send us your testimonial of how it helped e.g an email explaining what you have done with grant and or any pictures

RBKC Youth Council Opportunities Fund Rules and Guidance


The RBKC Youth Council Opportunities Fund is a pot of money that Young People can apply to if they are between 11 and 19 years old (or up to 25 if you have a learning difficulty or disability, or in care or a care leaver). The Fund is aimed at the support and development of young people during the lockdown ease and COVID-19, for young people who would like to gain new skills/ qualifications, or young people experiencing serious financial needs.

The fund has two themes:

Personal Growth Grant:

Grants are available for young people who need additional support to develop their future. Funds can be used for: online courses, study equipment, paying for a test, etc. Individuals can apply for up to £150.

Youth Council Aid Grant:

These grants are for individuals experiencing hardship or who are in severe financial need. Awards can be used for food, rent arrears, utility costs, medical costs, meals, travel fair for educational or work focussed environment, etc. Individuals can apply for any amount up to £250.

You cannot apply for
  • Holidays or overseas travel 
  • Activities that exclusively promote a particular political or religious view 
  • Items that were purchased or activities that started/took place before you were granted the money  
  • Laptops or computers
  • Smart and Android phones 

The grants are available to young people who live in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea aged between 11 and 19. All applications must be supported by an adult sponsor, who must be either their parent or guardian. All application forms must consist of a detailed explanation of why the grant is needed. Applicants are only allowed to receive one grant a year, but can re-apply if unsuccessful.

Adult or guardians cannot fill in the application form for the Young person, the young person must fill in all necessary details themselves unless they have Lifelong Learning Difficulty and/or Disability.


We particularly encourage applications from:

  • Young people in independent living or with accommodation issues 
  • Young people with disabilities or learning difficulties 
  • Young people in or leaving care 
  • Young carers 
  • Young travellers 
  • Young people whose parents are on low income 
The application process

Apply via the online form by filling out all the sections and clicking the submit button at the end of the application process.

The declaration must be filled in full by an adult or guardian including any additional information that will help support their young person's grant.

To apply for grants we will have to contact parents or guardians and go through verification process (Parents/guardian may be required to show their drivers licence, or passport at this stage).

Applications will be assessed by our Youth Participation Grant Panel monthly.

When you have been awarded RBKC Youth Council Opportunities Fund

Once you have received your email stating you have been awarded the funding you will have 14 days to contact us to receive your grant. If you do not make contact you will automatically lose your funding

If or when awarded the grant you will receive this in either virtual gift voucher form or by making direct payments on your behalf to businesses/ organisations upon your request.

All accepted applicants must compulsorily evaluate the grant they received. By filling out evaluation forms, writing testimonials, and @RBKCyouth on Instagram with a photo and caption of grant benefits.

Top tips for your application

  1. Make sure that you are applying for something you need and not just something you want. Frivolous requests will not be entertained. 
  2. Try and include as much information about your circumstances as possible to demonstrate the extent of your needs. The less you say about yourself and why you need a grant, the harder it is for the youth assessors to make an informed decision.
  3. Make sure that your budget is realistic and that you have got the best price possible. Your application will get turned down if we think you are asking for too much - provide 3 examples of how much an item costs for comparison and to show you are looking for value for money. 
  4. If there is no confirmation from the parent or guardian, your application will be denied.


2020 Youth Mayor election results

The Youth Participation Team is delighted to announce the results of the 2020 Youth Mayor election. Kensington and Chelsea's first Youth Mayor is Imaan Abdi, she received 34% of votes cast. The new Deputy Mayor is Alycia Marquis, who received 28% of the votes.

Imaan and Alycia are joined as members of the new Youth Council by Paige Cartledge, Anna Chauvet, Alexander Clarici-Grob, Anas Dayeh, Kamran Hasteei, Georgia Hunting, Mohammed Jumma, Jermiya McIntosh, Amelie Wilson-Schafer and Ibrahim Yeski.

Congratulations to all, and thanks to the school, college and council staff who worked so hard, in extremely challenging times, to get the election completed.

Watch our Youth Mayor announcement video and hear from the newly elected candidates.

Youth Mayor Candidates' Manifestos

Watch and read the candidates' manifestos and find out what they thought were the key issues for the young residents of the borough:

Read their manifestos


Watch their manifestos


Youth Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea

The Youth Mayor is the elected representative of young people in the borough. Find out how they represent young people’s views to decision-makers in the local authority.

What is the Youth Mayor?


The Youth Mayor is the elected representative of all young people living and studying in Kensington and Chelsea, giving them direct access to decision-makers in the local authority.

What does the Youth Mayor do?


  • They act as the formal representative and spokesperson for the borough’s young people.
  • They provide a link to the borough’s Mayor, Lead Members and other decision-making bodies.
  • They are a member of the Youth Council and the Youth Forum Network. 
  • They work with the Youth Council and Youth Ambassador to manage the Youth Participation Fund budget of £40,000.
How is the Youth Mayor chosen?


By an annual democratic election run in partnership with schools, colleges and Youth Hubs

Everyone who stands for election becomes a member of the Youth Council. The candidates who come second, third and fourth in the election become Deputy Youth Mayor, Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) and Deputy MYP


How to become the Youth Mayor of RBKC

Registration for candidates for the 2020 election has now closed. The next election will take place in Autumn 2021, so check back here next summer for up to date news. In the meantime, if you want to get involved, read about the Youth Forum Network and the Youth Participation Fund.

Voting and campaigning

If you were aged between 11 and 19 years old on 1 September 2019 and live or study in the borough, you can vote. Find out if you how you can vote and how to choose your winner.

How do I vote?


For those attending most schools and colleges in Kensington and Chelsea, your one chance to vote will take place on Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 or Thursday 19 March at your place of study.

If you live in Kensington and Chelsea but go to a school or college where you cannot vote, or if you study in another borough, you will be able to vote by post. You can download a Postal Vote Registration Form located at the bottom of this page. You will need to return your registration form by 28 February, and you will need to send us your vote by 19 March.

How do I decide who to vote for?


All the candidates will write an election manifesto and film a video manifesto. You can read the manifestos and watch the videos on the Council website. Copies of the manifestos and videos will also be sent to schools, colleges and Youth Clubs.


Kensington and Chelsea Youth Council

The Youth Council is made up of all the candidates for Youth Mayor, plus other representatives of young people from across the borough. Find out what they do.

Who are the Youth Council?


Everyone nominated as a candidate for Youth Mayor becomes a member of the Youth Council. They are joined by representatives from other Youth Forums, in the borough including Care Leavers, Young Carers and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

What do the Youth Council do?


They have regular meetings at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall to discuss issues important to young residents of the borough.

They provide the young person’s point of view for service managers, policymakers and elected members on plans and strategies for service delivery.

They work with Youth Ambassadors to identify and support projects and activities that can be funded using the Youth Participation Fund.


Youth Forum Network

The Network provides another way for young people in Kensington and Chelsea to get their voices heard. Find out who’s involved and how it works.

What is the Youth Forum Network?


The Network is a much wider group of hundreds of young people, aged 11 to 19, living, working or studying in the borough, who want to have their voices heard.

Who are the Youth Forum Network?


It is made up of young people involved in a wide range of local groups, projects and activities. They may attend Youth Clubs and Community Projects. They may be involved in forums for target groups, such as Travellers or Refugees. They may be active in Neighbourhood Forums or taking part in volunteering initiatives. They may represent schools or college councils.

What does the Youth Forum Network offer young people?


  • The chance to influence key council decisions that affect the lives of young people in Kensington and Chelsea.
  • The opportunity to plan projects and run activities by bidding for funding from the Youth Participation Fund
  • A way of having a say that allows you to join in as much or as little as you like.                                                                                


Youth Ambassadors

These are older young people who want to stay involved and help young people have their say. Find out about their role.

Who are Youth Ambassadors?


Youth Ambassadors are older young people who have been involved in Youth Council and the Youth Forum Network and who want to stay involved in supporting youth participation.  

What do Youth Ambassadors do?


Youth Ambassadors help new Youth Mayors and Youth Council members to learn how to make the best use of their new role by passing on their own experiences.

They also act as Youth Commissioners by supporting the management of the allocation of Youth Participation Fund and advising the Youth Council. 

The Youth Participation Team want the Youth Ambassador role to become an accredited path into employment within the local authority and the local community.


Youth Participation Fund

A budget of £40,000 per year to fund projects and programmes planned and run by young people. Find out how to make the most of this money.

What is the Youth Participation Fund?


Every year £40,000 is made available to young people living and studying in Kensington and Chelsea to use to fund projects they plan and manage.

How does the Youth Participation Fund work?


Local young people, supported by a school, college, youth club or community group based in the borough, ​can bids for grants of up maximum of £2500 to fund projects and programmes that will benefit peers and the local community​.

There are two applications rounds per year, April to May and October to November. The applicants are supported by project training​ from the Youth Participation Team and Youth Ambassadors​.

Bids are to be judged by a panel of young people. Youth Ambassadors assess them and advise the Youth Council on which projects they think should be funded.


Member of UK Youth Parliament

What is the UK Youth Parliament?


Three hundred young people from all over the UK are elected in annual youth elections. They meet twice a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and the UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting.

What do Members of UK Youth Parliament do?


  • They represent the concerns and needs of local young people to decision makers on a local, regional and national level.
  • They get involved in a variety of events projects and campaigns and meet local MPs, Government Ministers and Civil Servants.
  • They get the opportunity to attend between six and 10 regional meetings, as well as the two national meetings.

Find out more

Contact us:

Have a look at the UK Youth Parliament's web page

Last updated: 7 December 2021