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Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants

Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants Applications for 2019 open in September 
Funding available £5,000 - £10,000

In partnership with Thrive LDN and the #iWill Fund, Team London offered 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 will 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.

Round three of the grant fund will open in September 2019. Sign up to our charity newsletter to hear about this, and other funding opportunities.


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.

Get in touch

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