Strategic Partners

Strategic Partner Fund

The Strategic Partner Fund programme (2017 to 2024) focuses investment on the changing pattern of need across the borough. Many councils are cutting such investment to zero, so this is a major expression of the council’s belief in the local voluntary sector’s expertise, trust and connections with residents, as well as its proven ability to innovative and stimulate community resilience. 

The Strategic Partner Fund focuses on 3 areas: 

  • Strategic Partners Fund: Neighbourhoods
  • Strategic Partners Fund: Equalities
  • Strategic Partners Fund: Projects

Strategic Partners Fund: Neighbourhoods

We want to:

  • maximise the use of existing strengths, assets and resources within the investment zones for the benefit of local residents
  • improve opportunities for residents to ensure that they are not held back because of background, circumstance or identified community
  • increase opportunities for residents from different backgrounds to be more connected and involved in local social action, to help themselves and each other

Our list of investments include:

Organisation Amount PA
West Zone  
Abbey Community Centre £60,000
Kingsgate Community Association £50,000
Sidings Community Centre £90,000
North Central Zone  
Hampstead Community Centre £50,000
South Hampstead and Kilburn Partnership (SHAK) £38,369
North East Zone  
Highgate Newtown Community Centre - project funding £90,000
Central Zone  
Castlehaven Community Association £95,000
Kentish Town City Farm £75,000
Queens Crescent Community Association £100,000
East Zone  
Kentish Town Community Centre £60,000
Maiden Lane Community Centre £85,000
South East Zone  
Somers Town Community Centre £85,000
St Pancras Community Association £49,000
South Zone  
Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust £45,000
Holborn Community Association £100,000
Kings Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association £100,000
Calthorpe Project £25,000
South West Zone  
Bengali Workers Association (project funding) £30,000
West Euston Partnership (project funding)


Strategic Partners Fund: Equalities

We want to ensure mainstream services deliver for all, prioritising race (black and minority ethnic and refugee communities), sex (women) and sexual orientation (lesbian, gay and bisexual communities) equalities characteristics by:

  • Identifying and tackling the barriers faced by the above groups
  • Identifying ways to increase access
  • Increase levels of participation, social action and influence in civic society by those communities currently underrepresented
  • Improve life chances and opportunities for residents to ensure they are not held back because of background, circumstance or identified community

Our list of investments include:

Organisation Amount p.a
The Kosmos Centre (Camden Cypriot Women’s Organisation)  £30,000
The Camden LGBT Forum  £65,000
Home Start Camden £45,000
Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre  £75,000
North London Cares £30,000
Somali Youth Development and Resource Centre  £60,000
West Hampstead Women's Centre £55,000

Strategic Partners Fund: Projects

There were gaps in certain areas where no strategic partner funding had been identified. Further projects were commissioned to invest in outcomes for residents in these areas.

Our list of investments include:

Organisation Project Amount p.a Length of Project
Equalities Projects      
British Somali Community Parents Support Project £25,000 3 years
Camden Disability Action The Advocacy Project £40,000 2 years
Camden Somali Culture Centre Advice Support Project linked to Kingsgate Community Association (SPF Neighbourhood Partner). £20,000 4 years
Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre (in partnership with Bengali Workers Association and Home Start Camden) Partnership Support to the Bangladeshi Community £50,000 3 years
Neighbourhood Projects      
West Euston Partnership Job Co-op £55,000 2 years
Bengali Workers Association Beyond Boundaries £30,000 2 years
Highgate Newtown Community Centre HNCC Community Hub £45,000 3 years


Healthy Families Projects Project Amount p.a Length of funding
South East Zone      
St Pancras Community Association (in collaboration with Somers Town Community Association) Fun Routes to Fitness £34,000 3 years
North Central Zone      
The Winchester Project Healthy Parents HealthyChildren £21,600 3 years
South Hampstead and Kilburn Partnership SHAK Healthy Champions £21,600 3 years
Swiss Cottage Community Centre Swiss Cottage Healthy Families £21,800 3 years
East Zone      
Kentish Town Community Centre Your Health Matters £35,000 3 years
Central Zone      
Queens Crescent Community Association (with
Castlehaven Community Association and Kentish Town City Farm)
Family Health Matters £89,000 3 years

Camden Community Impacts

We’re investing up to £1.6 million and working with local voluntary and community organisations to tackle some of the most complex issues in Camden.

The Camden Community Impacts scheme focuses on youth offending, rough sleeping, emotional health and wellbeing, and supporting people with social care needs in the community.

These are long-standing issues that we know can’t be solved by any one organisation, so we’ve been developing ideas with a wide range of partners, including the Camden Community Centres’ Consortium (C4), Age UK Camden, the Roundhouse and New Horizon Youth Centre.

The projects we’re funding as a result of these conversations will bring the skills and creativity of a range of local organisations together in new ways to tackle these issues:

  • Youth offending: £200,000 to support community responses to serious youth violence in Camden, and £200,000 for a pilot demonstrating the role the voluntary sector can take in reducing youth reoffending.
  • Rough sleeping: Up to £70,000 will go towards an engagement project to understand the experiences of people rough sleeping, and give them a voice so that they can be better supported off the streets.
  • Emotional health and wellbeing: £200,000 towards a partnership to encourage residents to build their personal resilience and independence, linking them to opportunities and activities in their community.
  • Supporting people in the community: Up to £100,000 will go towards a fund the voluntary sector can offer to ideas that break down the barriers older and disabled people face in accessing community facilities.

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Resources for voluntary and community organisations

The following resources and sources of information are available to voluntary and community organisations in Camden. You can also search for funding opportunities

Discretionary rate relief

Discretionary rate relief helps the council reduce the business rates liability for charities and not-for-profit organisations that are providing valuable facilities and services to communities within Camden.

Registered charities are entitled to rate relief, which is an 80% reduction in their business rates and fully funded by central government. Councils can decide whether to provide further discretionary rate relief to cover some or all of the remaining 20% of business rates.


Discretionary rate relief can be applied for by any voluntary, charity or not-for-profit organisation that operates within Camden and is liable for business rates, and which provides services that meet the eligibility criteria.

We do not usually award discretionary rate relief to the types of organisations listed below:

  • Charity shops and shops operated by trading arms of charities
  • Premises used mainly for religious worship
  • Overseas aid organisations
  • Administration offices for national charities
  • Social clubs
  • Private nurseries, schools, colleges and other educational establishments
  • Bodies operating a restrictive membership policy
  • Organisations that already receive funding from, or are commissioned by, the council
  • Organisations applying for discretionary rate relief must demonstrate how their service provision directly benefits Camden residents. The council will need to consider the overall benefit to the community of the organisation, and what effect the award of rate relief will have upon the organisation.

Organisations need to demonstrate how their activities meet one or more of the following service themes:

  • Economic inclusion and equality – providing services to overcome the barriers that prevent people from participating fully in the workplace.
  • Access to work and training – providing services to people in most need of support to access work and training.
  • Childcare services related to the above themes – services that deliver the free entitlement for three and four year olds, target low income families, work in areas of disadvantage, and demonstrate inclusive practice.

If discretionary rate relief is awarded, it will be capped to a maximum of £2,000. If an organisation delivers services from more than one building, the maximum will be £2,000 for each location where business rates are due.

Discretionary rate relief applications are only valid for one financial year. It is your organisation’s responsibility to reapply for discretionary rate relief for each financial year.

Application form

Submit a discretionary rate relief application form and return the completed form to

Until we advise you of the outcome of your application, you must pay any demands for business rates that your organisation receives. If discretionary rate relief is later awarded, your organisation will be given a refund.

Policy review

We will be reviewing the discretionary rate relief policy based on the council’s available financial budget.

Safeguarding resources

Safeguarding resources for funded organisations

Further information on the safeguarding requirements for voluntary and community organisations, working with children, young people and adults at risk, in receipt of a grant from Camden Council can be found below.

Help keep adults safe from abuse and neglect: policy and procedure template (word)

Further information about how to recognise abuse or neglect of adults, report any concerns and help people to stay safe can be found below.

Help keep adults safe from abuse and neglect (PDF)

Capacity building support

We recognise that the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) faces financial challenges and changes in the public and VCS delivery. We recognise and value the role of capacity building services in ensuring that the borough has a robust, diverse and capable VCS that can meet changing needs and demands.

We have decided to commission capacity building services on an interim basis whilst we explore with stakeholders including the VCS what type of capacity building services to commission in the longer term. So for now the following services are available to Camden’s VCS through Voluntary Action Camden.
Organisational development support to VCS with income of less than £100,000

  • Signposting to a range of support and information
  • Diagnostic and organisational development support through face-to-face consultancy (eg on governance, policies, constitution, employment)
  • Bi-monthly funding application workshops
  • In depth one-to-one bid-writing support

New and unfunded organisations

If you are in the process of forming a new voluntary or community group or are interested in finding out more about what services and funding are available to you in Camden, we recommend you visit Voluntary Action Camden which is funded by Camden to help groups or you can email them at

Information for organisations who work with Camden citizens

Learning and Development

The VCS organisations on the attached list (PDF) have access to the Camden Learning and Development Hub. Staff from these organisations should follow these instructions and to create an account.

Safeguarding training for Camden’s Voluntary Community Sector


For adults safeguarding training, contact and for children's safeguarding training, visit the Children Safeguardinq Children Board website.