#iwill Fund (formerly Youth Social Action Fund)
Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference in their communities.
Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.
The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
Groups applying must demonstrate that their project/activities can meet the following principles of youth social action:
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.
We are keen to receive applications that build the skills, focusing on training and support of young poeple
Your project should show embedded skills in young people / the wider community whilst 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.
Your project must be youth led and you must demonstrate the project has derived from the young peoples needs rather than provision led.
Your project must also highlight the community involvement.
Unfortunately this fund does not support costs towards capital items / equipment (purchase of refreshments for volunteers is okay)
Core costs are eligible if other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action.
How much can groups apply for?
The #iwill 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.
Please note following 2017's first funding round the panel wanted to encourage registered charities and the small community groups to come forward to apply in 2018.
Previously Awarded Groups
#iwill campaign - more information
The #iwill Fund (previously known as the Youth Social Action Fund) supported 13 projects in 2017 with the average grant award of £4,615. 2017 awards were made to the following groups (please see highlighted projects with example case studies attached):
- Citizenship for Life CIC - Case study
- Drama Express
- Dance Confidence Cornwall
- 4Elementz CIC
- Kidz R Us Community Project
- The Dracaena Centre
- Active8 - Case study
- Word Voyages CIC
- Growing Links
- Wild Young Parents Project
- Livewire Youth Project
- The Core - Case study
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.
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.
More details about the principles can be found on the #iwill website.