Positive Futures Fund

Phase 2 of the fund is now open

Southwark Council is pleased to launch its Positive Futures Fund for 2019 to 2022.  The Council recognises the detrimental impact that serious youth violence and knife crime has on our communities and is committed to work with communities to find local solutions that help young people stay away from knives.

Through the programme the Council is seeking to invest £500,000 to support community groups that provide inspiring opportunities for young people across the borough.  The aim of the fund is also to support community organisations to provide inspiring opportunities for young people that divert them away from crime. Young People will be at the heart of the programme.  All applications to the fund should be co-designed with young people.

Young people, are you aged 25 and under? - Do you have an inspiring, innovative or creative idea and want to develop this further?  If so, this is your opportunity to apply NOW! 

There is a new format in applying for Phase 2 of the Positive Futures Fund. There are now 3 stages to the application process:
Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)
Stage 2: Dragon’s Den presentation
Stage 3: Full application form

Phase 2 grant for 2½ years (2020-2022)

Opens on 26 June 2019

Expression of Interest closes on 7 August 2019

You can apply for funding up to £50,000 for 2½ year projects.  Applications for joint initiatives (for up to £75,000) will also be considered.

Stage 1

 Expression of Interest form (docx, 63kb)

 Expression of Interest guidelines for applicants (pdf, 238kb) 

The council and Community Southwark will be holding a series of briefing session and young people workshops on the application process for Phase 2:

Briefing session 1  

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 2pm to 4pm, Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square SE5 0HF

Briefing session 2

Tuesday 9 July 2019, 2pm to 4pm, Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square SE5 0HF

Young People workshop 1  

Wednesday 10 July 2019, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square SE5 0HF

Young people workshop 2 

Thursday 11 July 2019, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square SE5 0HF

We would encourage all potential applicants to attend either one of the briefing sessions or one of the young people workshops.  However, if you are unable to attend you can still apply and submit your Expression of Interest.

If you would like additional advice on setting up a new community project, forming a group or working with volunteers you can contact Community Southwark info@communitysouthwark.org.

Page last updated: 26 June 2019