Working to improve skills and opportunities for young people

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The Mohn Westlake Foundation is pleased to be working with the London Community Foundation (LCF), which specialises in supporting community-based organisations focused on helping disadvantaged London by raising funds from institutions and individuals to invest in local charities and social enterprises. 

At a glance…

  • Since 2011, The London Community Foundation has invested over £75 million into charitable groups across London.
  • Today, the Foundation invests around £7 million annually, giving out around 1,000 grants every year across the capital.

The London Community Foundation believes that communities often characterised as poor and disadvantaged are rich with ideas and assets, and when these ideas and assets are maximised, small community groups can make a big difference.

The Mohn Westlake Youth Achievement Fund, managed by LCF, will provide multi-year grants to small organisations working to improve skills and opportunities for young people under the age of 24. The Mohn Westlake Foundation will also work in partnership with other donors to support organisations tackling youth violence as part of LCF’s Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund Save London Lives initiative.


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Some of the funded projects include:


Equipping Young People To Take Control Of Their Lives And Realise Their Own Potential

The BIGKID Foundation exists to equip young people at risk of social exclusion and youth violence to take control of their lives and find, develop and act on their own potential. The Foundation works with young people from Lambeth aged 11-25 across their Community Engagement, Mentoring and Leadership Programmes.

The Mohn Westlake Foundation’s donation will contribute to the organisation’s core costs, building BIGKID’s capacity to support young people to gain additional skills and confidence, and to take steps on more positive pathways. Each year, BIGKID works with over 1,200 young people, and the donation from the Mohn Westlake Foundation will help to increase this number and ensure that no more young people have to lose their lives to youth violence.


For more information about the London Community Foundation and their projects, please visit the following websites:

London Community Foundation: www.londoncf.org.uk
BIGKID Foundation: www.bigkidfoundation.org/
Creative Opportunities: www.creativeopportunities.co.uk/
Doorstep Library: www.doorsteplibrary.org.uk
Football Beyond Borders: www.footballbeyondborders.org/


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