Helping Hands Community Fund 2024

Young Westminster Foundation’s Helping Hands Programme revolves around creating interventions that are led by the voices of young people and community members who have been directly and indirectly impacted by Youth Violence.

Working in collaboration with local youth clubs and partners, we will give communities ownership over creating innovative opportunities for the borough, building on the valuable work already being done to keep young people safe.

The Helping Hands Community Fund is a community-led grants initiative that will provide funding to organisations or individuals working in partnership with an organisation to deliver projects for young people and/or the local community. This will focus on opportunities that offer prevention and intervention for youth violence in the community.

The Fund has also been informed by a core group of local practitioners and residents. We have worked with this group over the past 18 months to hear how Youth Violence impacts the local community and supported developing interventions which address the impact of Youth Violence. Our previous funding round’s panel consisted of 5 community leaders and a young person representing the Helping Hands Youth Advisory Board.

Our last grants round consisted of £30,000 with grants of up to £5,000 being made available. We funded five grass-roots organisations, one resident application and supported one community event. Find out more about the grantees.


For more information and access to the application form please contact the Helping Hands Programme Manager, Marium Uddin

Who can apply?

Applications can be made by organisations or individuals partnering with an organisation.

This funding is solely for the provision of new or existing projects / activities / services / programmes (including pilots) that work in North Westminster.

Funding can be used to cover project/activity/programme costs, venue costs, and capital equipment.

Geographical Area of Benefit

North West Westminster
Projects must benefit communities within Westbourne Ward, Harrow Road Ward and Queen’s Park Ward.

North East Westminster
Projects must benefit communities within Church Street Ward.

We encourage applications to focus on children and young people who are directly impacted by youth violence.

How will funding decisions be made?

A steering group made up of local community members, practitioners and residents will make the funding decisions.

Size of available grants We would like to give a range of organisations the opportunity to receive funding. Therefore we offer grants of up to £5,000
Applications open: Monday 4th December 2023
Deadline: Friday 26th January 2024
Panel Meeting: Tuesday 27th February 2024
Funding Surgeries: Bookable by email

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