This fund is now closed
What is the #iwill fund?
#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action.
What is youth social action?
‘Young people taking practical action in the service of others in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to the wider community as well as to the young person themselves.’
Youth Social Action includes volunteering, fundraising and campaigning, as well as skills and confidence-building projects which work with young people, particularly from less affluent backgrounds, to develop an appetite for this sort of activity.
The programme aims to increase overall participation of young people in meaningful social action from 40% to 60% by 2020, with a particular focus on deprived areas.
Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering and has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, and in turn benefit the local people and places.
Step Up To Serve, Big Lottery Fund and the Government Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities. Community Foundations will match this investment.
The #iwillFund looks to support activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 to develop their character and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community.
Six principles of social action
Projects must demonstrate how they will apply all six principles of youth social action:
- Reflective – recognising contributions as well as valuing critical reflection and learning
- Challenging – stretching and ambitious as well as enjoyable and enabling
- Youth Led – led, owned and shaped by young people’s needs, ideas and decision making
- Socially impactful – have a clear and intended benefit to a community, cause or social problem
- Progressive – sustained, and providing links to other activities and opportunities
- Embedded – accessible to all, and well-integrated to existing pathways to become a habit for life
More details about the six principles can be found on the #iwill website here.
Applying for a grant
- Grants are between £1,000 and £5,000
- Projects can be up to a year in duration
- Grants should deliver social action opportunities for young people age 10 to 20 years old, or 25 for disabled people
- This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs in England
- National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account) can apply
- New organisations that can demonstrate they are financially robust can apply
The fund will prioritise projects that:
- Seek to increase participation from young people from less affluent social economic groups, hard to reach groups and people who might not usually take part in social action;
- Are working with young people at the younger end of the spectrum (10-14 years old)
- Build the appetite of young people to continue with social action; support habit forming behaviour; leave a legacy of behaviour/activity after the funding stops
- Involve young people in planning, delivery and evaluation
- Give young people the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their character and confidence.
- Give young people the platform to get their voice heard
This fund aims to develop opportunities rather than fund the provision of existing youth work. We are looking to fund organisations that support young people to thrive and where the involvement of young people in social action will improve the outcomes of the organisation.
Skills development projects, which help young people be ‘social action-ready’ are as valuable as existing project delivery itself.
Make sure you read the full eligibility guidelines and criteria here:
This fund is now closed
The deadline for this fund was Friday 1st June 2018 at midnight.
The panel will take place week commencing 25th June 2018.
If you have any queries, please contact Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation on 0116 26 24 916 or email the grants team at: