The Young People's Fund

This fund is now closed. Please sign up to our monthly grants ebulletin (opens in a new window) to stay up to date with our grants that are currently open.

Peabody will be holding an online Q&A event in cooperation with LCF at 17:30 on Tuesday 11 October. Please see the registration details at the bottom of this page.

For the third 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 just under £150,000 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 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. This is explained on page 5 on the Fund Guidelines.

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.

What can the fund support?

Grants of up to £10,000 per year for 2 years (up to £20,000 in total) are available to organisations working with young people (aged 11-25) in the following boroughs: Westminster, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Lambeth and Hackney.

It is imperative that projects work to tackle violence affecting young people. Projects that do not demonstrate this will not be considered for funding. To meet this goal, projects will be expected to take one or more of the following three approaches:

  • Working with young people already affected by 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 two years from the date organisations hear from LCF on the outcomes of the application
  • 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 will be used to understand the level of young people’s involvement (see page 5). e.g. consulting with young people to design the project they are applying for funding for (Consult Stage). Or to give young people the power to make decisions on the design and creation of projects (Empower Stage)
  • Are embedded in their community. e.g. engaging with local residents through the project.
  • Are making a real impact in their community. e.g. can demonstrate how they make a real difference to the community they are working in.

Additional criteria

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

Groups who have funding from other Peabody grants, such as the Peabody Community Fund are welcome to make an application to this fund. Additionally, groups who have previously completed a project funded by The Young People’s Fund are welcome to apply. We encourage Round 2 grantees to complete their online grant monitoring report as soon as possible, so we can use it to help us see the impact of your work, when we come to assess shortlisted applications in December 2022.

Size of grant

£149,377 is available for grants of up to £10,000 per year over 2 years (up to £20,000 in total). This amount will be allocated across all the boroughs listed in the fund criteria.

Applicants have the option to either request one or two years' funding.

Closing date and time

This fund is now closed. Please sign up to our monthly grants ebulletin (opens in a new window) to stay up to date with our grants that are currently open.

Source of funding

Peabody Community Foundation

Contact Details

Please do not hesitate to contact The London Community Foundation Grants and Impact Team if you would like to discuss your proposal prior to making an application, or if you need help with completing the form or providing the supporting documents.

The London Community Foundation: / 020 7582 5117

Peabody: The Community Mobilisation Team will also be available to help organisations who need support developing their application. For support please contact:

To learn more about The Young People’s Fund we have recorded the Launch Event, which is now available to watch, alongside a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. Please follow the 'Launch Event Recording' button and 'FAQs' button.

Peabody held an online event in co-operation with LCF. This was an opportunity for potential applicants 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 and how to use it
  • Examples of successful youth projects that reflect different stages of public participation
  • The application form and decision-making process, including how your young people will participate in the interview panel stage if shortlisted
  • Ask any question about the fund