Youth Social Action Fund
What is the Youth Social Action Fund?
Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places.
The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. This can involve activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.
The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
What will the Youth Social Action Fund support?
There is further guidance on what groups can apply for in the attached guidelines below. Groups applying must demonstrate that their project/activities can meet the following principles of youth social action:
Core costs are eligible if the other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action.
We will prioritise projects that:
Seek to increase participation from young people from lower social economic groups and people who might not usually take part in social action, e.g. engage new volunteers.
Embed skills in young people / the wider community while delivering. For example, listening skills, maths and English, cooking, media and communications, evaluation and capturing success.
Clearly demonstrate principles of great youth social action. For example: an enjoyable project that enhances young people’s social lives, provides the opportunity to meet new people, positively impacts the wider community and develops longer term connections between volunteers and the wider community.
Have a plan to measure and report positive changes made.
Demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of this grant.
Youth Social Action funding cannot be used for:
Statutory services – statutory organisations cannot bid for the fund.
Activities promoting party political activity.
Capital costs / equipment. (Purchase of refreshments for volunteers is okay).
Activities generating private profit.
Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Projects that only work with one faith are also not eligible.
More details about the principles can be found on the #iwill website. It is important to read these before applying. Essentially, we want to fund enjoyable projects that build and share skills and demonstrate positive impact on the wider community.
How much can groups apply for?
The Youth Social Action Fund will provide funding of between £1,000 and £5,000.
Further information on eligibility can be found in the attached guidelines below. Please download and read the guidelines before applying for a grant.
In any context whether that’s online, formal, informal or schools based, the best
youth social action applies these 6 principles:
All youth social action should achieve benefit for both young people taking part
and to a specified cause, community or social problem.
For more information please view the following link: Generation Change Slide Deck - Applying the six principles slides
Deadline: 7th August 2017
Panel: 4th September 2017
Deadline: 6th August 2018
Panel: 3rd September 2018
Apply online using the link below. You can return to your online application form as many times as is needed, and save it as you go along. The online application link can also be shared with colleagues, or other parties, if more than one person needs to contribute to the application. Alternatively you can download a hard copy application using the link below.