Established in 2009, the Mark Evison Foundation is an inspiring and energetic charity which offers grants to young people enabling them to plan and carry out non-academic challenges of their own choosing, often resulting in transformational change. Unlike other challenge schemes, we are non-prescriptive, asking a wide range of young people to take ownership and to plan their own projects, all benefitting from a mentored application and interview process.
Through our Schools Awards scheme, funding of up to £500 is available to 16-18 year olds in London schools, many without such opportunities. We offer Major Awards of up to £5000 to young people who have left school for even more ambitious projects. We are accountable to a largely younger board: the charity’s aim is to promote the personal, mental and physical development of young people.
Our awards give young people the opportunity to plan and carry out their own personal challenges: we support teams and individuals through physical, creative or innovative leadership projects. We give them the chance to stretch themselves outside their personal comfort zones, developing team and leadership skills, and giving a wide range of young people the chance to shine.
Watch our video of some of our School Award winners talking about their experiences here.
Read about some of the challenges undertaken by previous award winners here.
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Lt Mark Evison died in 2009 from a gunshot wound while serving as a British army officer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan: he was trying to get the platoon to safety following an ambush. The Foundation was set up as a memorial to him, and his values and character are a driving force within it.
'Do not go where the path may lead, instead go where there is no path and leave a trail'
– Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882
Charity Number 1158382