Camden Shorinji Kempo is primarily funded by our membership fees. We are very grateful to our members for their continued investment in our community!
We are also very lucky to be supported by our amazing external funders. Our funders provide us with the resources we need to grow and develop Camden Shorinji Kempo. We’re a small club with big ambitions! If you’re interested in getting involved with our work: please email us here.
Mayor of London 2023
Just when we needed it we were awarded a grant from the Mayor of London which has paid for the increased costs of hiring halls. In return we are working to end isolation for women and LGBTQIA+ people in martial arts.
Out for Sport 2022 and Nike London
We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the LGBTQIA Diversity Inclusion Fund from Out For Sport and Nike London. This is helping us fund places at our summer camp, gradings, and tournaments along with leadership and teaching skills.
This is an enormous help to not only promote the club, as well as inclusion and to create a welcoming community in our pocket of London.
We would like to thank our wonderful funders: Out for Sport & Nike, Pride in London, the Mayor of London, Camden Giving, and Boudavida! We couldn’t do this without you.
The Unity Fund, supported by Pride In London
The Unity Fund was a 2020 initiative from Pride in London. The purpose of the fund was to build stronger communities by offering one-off grants to grassroots organisations that address the needs of the UK’s LGBTQIA+ community. Camden Kempo would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Pride In London! Owing to this generous support, we have been able to progress towards a return to in-person training post-COVID.
The Stronger Communities Fund, supported by the Mayor of London
Stronger Communities was launched in July 2019 as part of the Mayor’s community sports investment programme, Sport Unites. It aims to support projects that use sports to address loneliness and isolation. The fund awarded us a grant to “Fight Isolation with Self-Defence” in a project that ran from November 2020 to February 2021.
Thanks to this funding, we’ve hosted a blended Halloween party, and a virtual martial arts competition – connecting martial artists around the globe – and are continuing to train online three times a week. We are extremely grateful to the Mayor of London and the Stronger Communities Fund for letting us realise all our Kempo dreams.
The HS2 Camden Fund, supported by Camden Giving
Camden Giving is an amazing organisation that helps the people who live and work in Camden to overcome inequality. The HS2 Camden Fund supports projects that aim to create a stronger voluntary and community sector. This funding allowed us to deliver a Leadership Development Programme for women and LGBTQIA+ in Camden just after the lockdown eased in September 2020.
This self-contained course taught participants how to improve their mental and physical health, develop confidence and learn essential leadership skills that they took out of the dojo and into their lives. Thanks to the funding from Camden Giving, we were also able to research and write a report on women and LGBTQIA+ people’s response to leadership in Shorinji Kempo. You can explore our findings here:
The Boudavida Beneficiary Scheme
Boudavida was a sports and activewear company that gave back to women’s sports. As part of their Boudavida Beneficiary Scheme, we received a 5% donation from their clothing sales for six months in 2021. Thanks to Boudavida, we continue with our plans to introduce more women to Shorinji Kempo!