The Young People's Fund

We are delighted to be managing the pilot of The Young People's Fund on behalf of Peabody.

This year, Peabody are piloting a fund to support grassroots community groups who are putting youth voice at the centre of their work to tackle violence affecting young people.

Peabody have worked with young people aged 11-25 across London to develop a fund which is designed by, owned by and for the benefit of young people. These consultations led to the development of The Young People’s Fund.

In this pilot year, Peabody will be awarding £100,000 to organisations working with young Peabody residents and the wider community to address the issue of violence affecting young people in the boroughs of Westminster, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Lambeth and Hackney. Young people must be meaningfully involved in the creation of the project and their voice will be heard throughout.

Peabody hope to use this fund to demonstrate the value and importance of having a strong youth voice at the centre of an organisation’s work and as such will work to make sure that this criteria is key to the fund. A panel consisting of young people from across London will make the final decisions about where the funding goes to ensure that their voice is also central to the fund itself.

Fund criteria

Grants of between £3,000 - £10,000 are available to organisations working with young people (aged 11-25) in the following boroughs: Westminster, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Lambeth and Hackney.

Projects must be working to tackle violence affecting young people. They will be expected to take one or more of the following three approaches:

  • Working with young people already affected by youth violence or criminal lifestyles
  • Delivering preventative work
  • Addressing the root causes which lead to young people being affected by violence

In addition to this, all organisations must demonstrate how they ensure that a youth voice is at the centre of their work.

Having youth voice at the centre of the project is the most important aspect of this fund. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how they meaningfully and regularly engage with their users and let them lead the way on project design, organisational governance or strategy. This might take the form of having youth representatives on the board or by allowing young people to design the projects they want to happen.

Organisations delivering projects with the following outcomes will be prioritised:

  • Developing the personal and professional skills of young people
  • Contributing to community cohesion
  • Improving mental and physical wellbeing

Projects must:

  • Run for no more than one year from April 2020 – March 2021.
  • Work with young people living on and around Peabody Estates. Of those you will support, at least:
    • 25% must be Peabody residents
    • 50% must be social housing residents (this can include Peabody and any other housing association)

Please note that applicants who are already in receipt of a Peabody Community Fund grant are welcome to make an application to this fund.

What's on offer?

£100,000 is available. £20,000 is restricted to organisations working with residents living in Lambeth and the remaining £80,000 will be allocated across Westminster, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Lambeth and Hackney.

How to apply:

To apply to this fund, please take a look at the fund guidelines and application form guidance by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen and then clicking on the relevant 'Apply now' button.


The closing date is 12pm on Friday 17th January 2020.

Contact Details

If you have any general questions on the fund please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at