Young London Inspired - Multi Year Grants

Funding Available £10,000 - £30,000
Application Deadline Applications closed 9 July 2018


As part of the Mayor's Young Londoners Fund, we are offering grants totalling £500,000 to organisations who work with young people. The Mayor has created the Fund to help children and young adults make the most of our amazing city. The Fund will help them to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It will support a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities.

Young London Inspired - Multi Year Grants

We are offering grants of £10,000 - £30,000 per year, for up to three years, 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 or music. The projects must use volunteering and social action to improve emotional resilience, 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 issues such as those within the criminal justice system or young refugees or asylum seekers. Detailed guidance is given in our application guidance notes referenced below. Please read these before applying to make sure your activity fits the fund criteria.

The Young London Inspired Multi Year 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.

During 2018, seven grants were distributed to projects that should be completed by the end of September 2021.

2018 YLI Scale Up Grant Recipients

Stepney City Farm Young Farming Volunteers 
A range of structured volunteering activities on the farm for young people including weekly volunteering sessions for NEETs, an after-school volunteering club for local secondary schools, weekend open access sessions and 6 student work placements. 

Fitzrovia Youth in Action Peer Support 
This project will upscale their existing peer mentoring programme. Over a 12-week period trained peer mentors will co facilitate group activities and provide 1-2-1 support to mentees drawing upon their lived experience. Mentoring sessions will be 'clinically supervised' with an aim to provide non-stigmatised early interventions to support wellbeing and emotional resilience of the mentored young people. 

All Stars London All Stars London Talent Show Cycles 
All Stars will recruit and train a team of Young Leaders who will volunteer to produce a series of free talent show cycles in the local community. Young people will lead on the planning, recruitment and organising of the talent shows as well as acting as peer mentors to those taking part. 

Reaching Higher Leaders in Training 
Young people aged 16-19 who are at risk of offending will gain skills in areas such as public speaking, project management, and budgeting through a series of external workshops, in house training and mentoring. Young people will then be supported in a 5-day volunteer placement at a partner organisation. Young people will then use their skills to plan and run their own fundraising event.

London Play Camp Build
Building on London Play's annual Go Kart construction days, young people will be recruited from Adventure Playgrounds to attend Camp Build weekends where they will learn skills such as woodwork, design, structural engineering and leadership. They will then return to their APs and run skills workshops for other young people. Those young people will be recruited for the next ‘camp build’ creating a virtual chain or learning and doing. 

Global Generation Inspired Generations 
Weekly youth volunteering programme across 3 sites compromising of activities such as food growing and ecology, cooking, woodwork and bee keeping. Programme is focussed on creativity, enterprise and ecology where young people will be encouraged to create tangible action towards improving the world around them. 

Haringey Shed Shed Academy Volunteering Programme
Volunteering project focussed on performing art. A range of training workshops including an adventure away day up skilling young people with learning disabilities building their confidence to volunteer in practical roles which will support the work of the organisation. Volunteering opportunities include leading drama sessions, set and costume, backstage design and writing. 

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