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Positive Future For Young People Fund (PFYPF)

We're pleased to launch our Positive Future For Young People Fund (PFYPF), which will award funding for activities for young people between 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024. 

The PFYPF is part of the council’s Youth New Deal which followed a review of youth services undertaken in 2020. The Youth New Deal is committed to raise the profile of services in Southwark so that no young person is left behind and have positive lives now and in the future. The Youth Review made a firm commitment to reviewing the youth programme offer, to ensure that providers are offering activity programmes that are informed and shaped by what young people want.

The priority activities for the PFYPF funding stream have been shaped by our young people as they are at the heart of our future service delivery and will influence decisions affecting their lives.

A New Approach - Positive Future for Young People Fund

There's a three stage application process in applying for the Positive Future For Young People Fund:

  • Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Stage 2: Dragons Den presentation
  • Stage 3: Full application form

How much you can apply for

The minimum award is £10,000 per annum (eg a minimum of £20,000 over 24 months of this programme). The maximum award is £30,000 per annum (eg a maximum of £60,000 over 24 months of the programme). Existing providers currently in receipt of grants are eligible to apply for funding.

Positive Future For Young People Fund (PFYPF)


Opens 23 August 2021 10 am

Stage 1 – Expression of Interest


17 September 2021, 11.59pm

Stage 2 – Dragons Den Presentations

Held on

11-13 October 2021

Stage 3 – Application Form


25 October 2021, 11.59pm

Stage 1 - Expression of Interest (EOI)

 Expression of Interest form (docx, 31kb)

 Guidance Notes (pdf, 435kb) 

Stage 2 - Dragons Den presentations

If your application is successful at Stage 1, you will be invited to attend to give a presentation at the Dragons Den session. Information will be sent separately.

Stage 3 - Application form

If you're successful at Stage 2, you'll be ‘invited’ to complete an online application form providing supporting documentation, which will be submitted on our Grant Management Software (GMS). The link to the GMS with full details and guidance will be sent separately.

Briefing sessions

Potential applicants can attend one of the four Q&A briefing sessions below, which will provide further information and advice about the funding application process.

Q&A Briefing Session 1 

Thursday 26 August 2021, 10am - 11am

Q&A Briefing Session 2

Thursday 26 August 2021, 2pm - 3pm

Q&A Briefing Session 3

Thursday 2 September 2021, 10am - 11am

Q&A Briefing Session 4

Thursday 2 September 2021, 2pm - 3pm

We encourage all potential applicants to attend one of the Q&A briefing sessions. To book a place, email us. The briefing sessions will be held online via MS Teams (link sent separately).

If you're unable to attend any of the sessions, email us your query or questions

Following the Q&A briefing sessions, a full list of FAQs will also be available on our website. 

Please note - If you're unable to attend any of the briefing sessions, you can still apply!

Resources to assist with funding applications can be obtained from Community Southwark.


Page last updated: 11 November 2021

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