Future Leaders Fund

Trafalgar Dinner 2016
Video: Trafalgar Dinner 2016

The Future Leaders Fund was founded after our 2014 Trafalgar Dinner and is made up of contributions from Norfolk's business and charity leaders. It is an endowment which will grow over the years and pay out small grants to individual young people. The Trafalgar Dinner brings together Nelsonspirit crew members past and present to raise money for the Future Leaders Fund.

In the last three years the Future Leaders Fund has provided 43 grants to Norfolk-based young people aged 17-24 years to help them grow as leaders, whilst helping others.

The young people have ventured to Bangladesh, Belize, Cambodia, Tanzania, Costa Rica/Nicaragua, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Chile, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Morocco, Japan, Stafford and Attleborough to name a few and have made some incredible developments in communities around the world.

To be eligible for funding, young people need a community or adventure project that helps them grow as a leader whilst helping others. This could range from a 'gap year' project to volunteering in your local community. It excludes any trips, projects and expeditions that are part of a programme of educational study, for example part of a university course. Please fill in the application form to apply for funding.

Applications are accepted at any time of the year. The fund is managed by the Norfolk Community Foundation, and has an independent advisory panel who decide on the distribution of grants.

Young people are the leaders of tomorrow. Our aim is to support, inspire and grow them by supporting their leadership development and bringing them into contact with today's leaders.

All our work with young people is non commercial.

Inspired by the spirit of Horatio Nelson, we support, encourage and develop the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
Nelson always took a younger officer to his top meetings, sponsoring and mentoring the young in his fleet. He also carried acorns of English oak in his pocket to plant for the future.
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