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#iWill Fund

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.’
Young Foundation

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:

More details about the six principles can be found on the #iwill website here. 

Applying for a grant




The fund will prioritise projects that:

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:

Full guidelines and eligibility criteria

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: or