(formerly the Youth Social Action fund)
UK Community Foundations is delivering a £4 million investment during 2017 – 2018 as part of the #iwill campaign. The campaign aims to make social action part of everyday life for as many 10 to 20 year olds as possible by 2020.
How does the #iwill fund work?
The #iwill campaign is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and the Office for Civil Society.
Delivery partners Comic Relief are providing social action opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas and from backgrounds with below-average levels of participation; and Pears Foundation are funding activities in education, health and social care. UK Community Foundations distributes grants for local social action opportunities through our network of 43 Community Foundations working in England.
Who can apply to the #iwill fund?
The #iwill Fund is open to organisations who engage young people in social action projects which will bring benefit the wider community. The focus is on developing new opportunities rather than providing support for existing youth services. Applications for projects which help young people develop the skills they need to engage in social action will also be considered.
We’ll prioritise projects which:
- Increase participation from young people (aged 10-20 years) from less affluent areas, hard to reach and under-represented groups.
- Work with young people at the lower end of the age profile (10-14 years).
- Encourage young people to develop a long-term interest in social action.
- Involve young people in each stage of the project; planning, delivery and evaluation.
- Give young people the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their confidence.
- Provide a platform for young people to get their voices heard.
The Fund is open for applications for the 2018 year. If you are thinking of applying or have any queries, please contact your local Community Foundation. Click here to view Community Foundations operating in your area.