The Young People's Fund

The Young People's Fund is currently closed for applications.

If you'd like to understand more about the fund please take a look at the summary information below, and the guidelines for the last funding round by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen.


For the second year, Peabody Community Foundation (PCF) is offering the Young People’s 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. This co-creation process led to the development of The Young People’s Fund.

Peabody will be awarding £123,327 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 meaningfully participate in the development and design of the project or service that will respond to the issue of violence affecting young people.

Peabody hope to use this fund to demonstrate the value and importance of having strong youth participation and representation in project and service design. As such, Peabody has adopted the Public Participation Framework as a scale to evaluate the level and depth of young people’s participation in shaping the project or service that will be tackling their needs.

A panel of young people from across London, chaired by a Peabody staff member, will make the final decisions about where the funding goes to ensure that their voice is also central to the fund itself. Read more here about the experience from one of last year's young panellist, Akeem.

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

Projects must:

  • Run for no more than one year from the date organisations are notified by LCF on the outcome of the application (decisions released 5th November 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)


Organisations must demonstrate in their application that they:

  • Have involved affected or interested young people in the design of the proposed project. The IAP2 Public Participation framework (available to view on page 5 of the guidelines) will be used to understand the level of young people’s involvement. For example, consulting with young people to design the project would be considered to be at the Consult Stage, while giving young people the power to make decisions on the design and creation of projects would be considered to be at the Empower Stage. Note, applications that fall in the involve, collaborate, and empower stages will be prioritised over applications that fall into the consult stage. Applications that fall into the inform stage will not be considered.
  • Are embedded in their community. For example, engaging with local residents through the project.
  • Are making a real impact in their community. For example, can demonstrate how they make a real difference to the community they are working in.


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
  • Focusing on the last three stages of the Public Participation Framework


Priority will also be given to projects working with young people living on and around the wards listed on page 4 on the guidelines document (right hand side of screen).

Please note that applicants who are already in receipt of a Peabody Community Fund grant (including The Young People's Fund Round 1) are welcome to make an application to this fund.

What's on offer?

£123,327 is available to be allocated across Westminster, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Lambeth and Hackney.

How to apply:

This fund is currently closed for applications. If you’d like to understand more about the fund please take a look at the guidelines for the last funding round by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen. The online application form guidelines are there to help you when the fund reopens.

Deadline:

This fund is now closed.

Further support:

Peabody held an online Q&A event in cooperation with LCF. This was an opportunity for organisations to find out about:

  • The Young People’s Fund and violence affecting young people.
  • Why we are investing funding into tackling violence affecting young people.
  • Why we want projects to be adopting the Public Participation Framework.
  • Examples of successful youth projects that fill under different stages of public participation.
  • The application form and decision making process.

Watch: if you were not able to attend the event, you can find the recording here. Note, the Q&A section was not recorded.

Contact Details

If you have any general questions on the fund please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at applications@londoncf.org.uk.

The Peabody Community Team will also be available to help groups who need support developing their application. For support from Peabody please e-mail the Community Team at communitygrants@peabody.org.uk

If you experience any accessibility issues with any documents or forms, please request an alternative format by emailing the Programme Manager at harriette.tillott@londoncf.org.uk