The #iwill Fund has launched, and UK Community Foundations will be distributing the fund via our network of Community Foundations. If you would like to apply for funding, visit your local Community Foundation’s website for information. To see a list of CFs, click here.
The Big Lottery Fund, boosted by Comic Relief; Pears Foundation; and UK Community Foundations are launching the #iwill Fund to help encourage youth social action. These match-funders will invest an additional £9.6 million to the #iwill Fund.
The investment from this first group of match-funders will be targeted specifically to help reach a range of young people. Comic Relief will provide social action opportunities for young people in areas and backgrounds with below-average levels of participation; Pears Foundation will support activity within education, health and social care; and UK Community Foundations will distribute grants for local social action opportunities through their network of 43 Community Foundations in England.
Step Up To Serve, the charity behind the #iwill campaign, was established in 2013 after government research into how public and private sectors could increase the number of young people engaging in social action was released. Currently, 4 in 10 young people regularly engage in social action – such as campaigning, fundraising, and volunteering. The #iwill campaign has been launched to increase this to at least 6 in 10 10-20 year olds taking part, by the year 2020.
The fund will open for applications in the New Year. If you are thinking of applying, please speak to your local Community Foundation. To find your local Community Foundation, click here. If your organisation is looking for funding in the Greater Manchester area, please contact Forever Manchester (sub-contractor of the Youth Social Action Fund for the area).
For any queries, please contact Amber Alferoff, Programmes Officer, in the first instance at AAlferoff@ukcommunityfoundations.org or 0207 841 4376; or contact Lily O Flynn, Programmes Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 841 4379.