#iwill Fund launched to help boost youth social action
The #iwill Fund is designed to give young people the chance to lead change and make a positive contribution to their communities. UK Community Foundations have opened the #iwill Fund alongside the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.
#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport have invested £20 million each to the #iwill fund to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. The idea is that social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.
The #iwill Fund will be released through our network of 43 Community Foundations across England*.
“Focusing on getting young people involved in their community at a young age will build a new generation of active, involved citizens. We’re proud to be key partners delivering this programme.”
Our Chief Executive, Fabian French, has written a blog post on the #iwill campaign’s official website. To read the blog post, 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.