The Mayor's £45 million Young Londoners Fund is helping children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It is supporting a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for young Londoners.
About the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund
The fund is seeing £30 million invested directly to projects in local communities. The remaining £15 million is being invested to expand existing projects funded by City Hall that support young Londoners.
So far over 200 projects have been awarded funding, these include activities ranging from theatre groups and employability training to football clubs and art sessions.
What are the aims of the Fund?
The Young Londoners Fund aims to:
- provide aspirational and positive activities to help support young people to make positive choices and reach their potential
- give new options to children and young people most at risk of taking the wrong path and stop them getting involved in violence and criminal activity
- improve coordination and capacity of London’s youth offer so more children and young people can access services
What activities can young people get involved in now?
Use Our London Map to see what positive activities are on offer to young people in your area.
If you're an organisation that runs events or activities for young people in London you can request to be added to Our London map.
How are we involving young people?
Young people have been at the heart of the Young Londoners Fund from the very beginning.
The Mayor’s Peer Outreach Team and young people from youth organisations across London have helped at every stage of the Young Londoners Fund process, including:
- setting priorities for the Young Londoners Fund
- information sessions for applicants
- over 150 young people scored application questions
- project monitoring and visits
- project evaluation
Find out more about their involvement so far.
We are developing a new toolkit to share practical ways to engage children and young people in project design, development and delivery, so that they are listened to and empowered.
It will be available online for everyone to access in summer 2019.
What impact has the Young Londoners Fund had?
Watch the video below on how the Fund has affected those given funding and read our blogs on what funded organisations are achieving in their communities.
Inspiring Youth Work 2019
In November 2019 we celebrated National Youth Work Week with Inspiring Youth Work, an exhibition of photographs taken by 10-21 year old Young Londoners Fund participants. The exhibition, at City Hall, aimed to show the powerful impact youth workers can have through the eyes of the young people they support. Photography skills workshops and photographic shoots took place with Bollo Brook Youth Centre, Haringey Play, Reaching Higher, Sycamore Trust and The Winch.
View the Inspiring Youth Work photos and catalogue here.
- Round 2 small grants announcement
Look up details of the 35 projects which started delivery in October 2019.
- Young Londoners Fund in action
Find out how organisations funded by the Young Londoners Fund have seen the positive impact of investing in young people.
- Supporting young people's creativity
Find out about the Bollo Brook Youth Centre’s ‘Movement Through Arts’ project, supported by the Young Londoners Fund.
- Working with young women
Read about how Hounslow Action for Youth's 'Agent for Change' writing project is helping support the complex needs of at-risk young women.