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Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants

Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants Find out more
Funding available £5,000 - £10,000
Deadline to apply Midday 12 November
Applications Apply here

In partnership with Thrive LDN and the #iWill Fund, Team London are offering grants of between £5,000 - £10,000 to community groups, small charities and voluntary sector organisations to run projects which encourage young Londoners to volunteer or take part in social action.

The projects can focus on any area of volunteering or social action such as sports, arts, media, environment, inter-generational, music, etc., but should also encourage good mental health and wellbeing. The majority of young participants will be new to volunteering and will come from groups that are disproportionately affected by mental health, such as those within the criminal justice system or young refugees or asylum seekers.

The Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants will fund projects which: 

  • Work with 10 – 20 year olds on volunteering and/or social action projects which promote wellbeing and emotional resilience. 
  • Demonstrate how volunteering and/or social action positively impacts on young people’s wellbeing and emotional resilience. 
  • Work with young people from one or more of the following target groups:
    • Looked after children (or at risk of being)
    • Young carers
    • Young people in the youth justice system (or at risk of being)
    • Young homeless people (or at risk of being)
    • Refugee and asylum seeking young people
    • Young people with learning disabilities
    • NEETs (not in employment, education or training)
    • Vulnerable young people (or at risk of being)

Approximately twelve grants will be distributed to projects that should be completed by the end of February 2020. Read more about our grants.

Applications are now open and close at noon on Monday 12 November 2018.

2017 Small Grants Recipients (with Thrive LDN)

Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)
Up skilling young volunteers to act as peer supporters for participants at Saturday School and volunteering at other projects such as the Helping Hands Food Bank. 

Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Exchange
Engaging young people with Afro-Brazilian martial arts or music and dance and training the young people to volunteer and help run sessions for younger peers. 

Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) 
Enabling refugee and asylum seeking young people to create benches and planters for community spaces, and run workshops and events to create a more welcoming environment for the most vulnerable residents in the community. 

Dagenham Bangladeshi Women & Children’s Association 
This project will upskill NEET young people to deliver an intergenerational horticultural project and train as peer mentors. 

An intergenerational music making project bringing together older people, many with dementia, and young volunteers.  

Let's Go Outside and Learn CIC
A project working with young carers to develop a campaign around parks and open spaces, which will include young people led research, developing resources for park users and allowing the young people to report back on their findings. 

Lewisham Youth Theatre
A project enabling Young Ambassadors to join the Lewisham Youth Theatre Members Committee and make decisions on youth theatre activities and assist on planning projects.

Partnership for Young London
A project training young people aged 12 - 20 in care or leaving care in peer research skills to raise awareness of key issues faced by young people (education, money and budgeting, accommodation). 

Rio Ferdinand Foundation
Recruiting young people as peer leaders who will learn skills such as project management, budgeting and community development whilst leading grass roots community projects in areas of sports, arts and media. 

Somali Advice and Forum of Information (SAAFI)
Somali young people at risk of exclusion will take part in group workshops whilst receiving one on one mentoring from Somali university students. They will then take up volunteer placements in their local community.

Stonewall Housing
Developing a team of young volunteer ambassadors who have or are experiencing homelessness as a result of their sexual identity.  

The Avenues Youth Project
Young people will be trained as peer mentors and work with youth workers to support their younger peers, as well as attending training workshops on topics such as safeguarding, mental health first aid and mentoring methods. 

Westminster House Youth Club
A project providing support for targeted young people who have not been previously involved in volunteering attending the Westminster House Youth Club. This project will encourage them to become involved in activities such as First Aid Training, Fire Safety Courses and the Vulnerable People’s Food Parcel Programme. 

Young Roots
Establishing a Youth Leadership Group for young refugees to engage a further 150 young people in volunteering and social change. Young people will be up skilled during learning weekends away from home, where they will take part in leadership and campaigning workshops.

2015 Small Grants Recipients

Selby Trust 

Providing more speed and group volunteering roles around environmental and sustainable projects at their Tottenham site.


Providing volunteering opportunities in an innovative media project for young people helping them to voice their opinions of global issues.

Bee Urban 

Engaging expert volunteers in environmental issues to share their experience with local communities.

Sutton Community Farm 

Developing more group volunteering roles that will help them to further develop this 7 acre small holding to grow even more produce and teach growing and horticultural skills.

Wise Thoughts 

Recruiting even more volunteers to ensure that the LGBT events throughout the coming year have even more impact and attract more visitors.

Cordwainers Grow 

Providing volunteer-led activity sessions in the Hackney community which range from hands-on planting and growing sessions to wider skills of marketing and social media around local projects.

Big Dance 2016 

People Dancing – this project will recruit and train 100s of volunteers to help deliver the Big Dance 2016 across the capital.


Recruiting more volunteers in more boroughs across London to get fit and do good at the same time by running to community projects, helping out, then running back again.

Brixton People’s Kitchen 

Using surplus food from local green grocers and markets, this project will recruit and train more volunteers to help run their mobile kitchen that dispenses free meals in Brixton.

Create London 

This innovative project works alongside young volunteers in Dagenham & Barking and the surrounding areas, picking fruit and producing a marketable branded drink.   Young volunteers take part in every part of the production process from fruit picking to workshops on marketing.

The Maypole Project 

Recruiting volunteers to give 121 support to their children on sporting activity trips.

Sufra NW London 

Transforming a piece of derelict ground on an inner city estate with volunteers from every section of the local community, to create a food growing garden.

Haringey Mencap 

The Give Project offers short volunteering roles to support their vulnerable clients in a range of exciting new activities.

Delete Blood Cancer UK

This project will create a number of information hubs in various London boroughs, manned by specially trained volunteers,  to raise awareness of the disease and provide information and signposting.

Providence Row 

Creating more volunteer roles for businesses, to up-skill their clients and share knowledge and experience in a range of activities.

Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea 

Recruiting a range of volunteers from the local community to meet and greet visitors to Portobello and Goldbourne Road markets.

Deen City Farm 

Recruiting more local volunteers from both business and community, to help maintain this inspiring five-acre farm which also offers food growing, classroom studies, and therapeutic services including a riding school.

2014 Small Grants Recipients


Trained unemployed young people to create affordable meals and help run the Community Café in Bromley-by-Bow.

Green Corridor 

Engaged young volunteers (14-25) to turn an allotment at the heart of Heathrow Airport, into a thriving wildlife space for the local community.


Matched business mentors with young people 16-24 who have been in care.

The Maypole Project 

Recruited volunteers to support young people with complex illnesses to engage in sporting activities.

The Hebe Foundation 

A business and leadership project which used peer volunteers aged 17 and adults to teach a wide range of transferable skills including marketing, pitching, buying and selling to 14-19-year-olds.


Trained volunteers to be 'London Health Ambassadors' and share important health messages within hard-to-reach communities.

Sutton Community Farm 

Farm based buddying scheme which taught and mentored young volunteers, some of whom have learning difficulties or other disabilities, about managing a farm and working with others.

Wide Horizons 

Supported volunteers to transform a five-acre area in South London into well-managed woodland.

Project Dirt 

Enabled Team London volunteers to access a wider range of small locally based community projects.


Matched Civic Crowdfunding community projects with volunteers.

2013 Small Grants Recipients

Action Tutoring - Tutoring project

Capital Growth - Community greening

The Conservation Volunteers - Green gyms project

Envision - Community apprentice scheme

The Hackney Pirates - Literacy project

London Sport

Selfless - Online university recruitment platform

TimeBank - One-to-one mentoring

Trees for Cities - Edible playgrounds project

Wheels for Wellbeing - Cycling lessons for the disabled

Get in touch

To get in touch please email us and a member of the team will respond.